American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)

Former President of Cleveland AFGE Local Indicted

AFGE logoOn October 24, Victor Davis, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 3283, was indicted in the Cuyahoga Court of Common Pleas on one count of theft of union funds in an amount between $500 and $5,000. The local represents over 1,200 employees of the Cleveland office of the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS). The indictment follows a joint probe by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards and the Defense Criminal Investigative Service.

Former Atlanta-Area AFGE President Charged with Theft

AFGE logoOn March 17, Richard Barnes, former president of Local 517 of the American Federation of Government Employees, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia with theft by deception in the amount of $14,024. The local represents employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs regional office in Decatur, Ga. The charge follows a probe by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Denver AFGE Ex-Local President Pleads Guilty; Sentenced

AFGE logoAll things considered, Heather Lynn Grover is a lucky woman. The former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 1557, pleaded guilty in Jefferson County, Colo. district court on April 27 to embezzling roughly $5,500 from the Lakewood-based union. That figure, if anything, was on the low side. She then was sentenced to a two-year diversion after which the felony charge may be reduced to a misdemeanor. AFGE Local 1557 represents about 140 employees of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Denver regional office.

AFGE Treasurer in South Carolina Indicted for Embezzlement

AFGE logoOn January 4, Fleisha Jackson, former treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 1909, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina for embezzling $18,794.73 in union funds. The local represents employees at Fort Jackson Army Base. The indictment follows an investigation by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Federal Employees Local Treasurer in Massachusetts Sentenced

AFGE logoAt least Stanley Barringer paid his union back early. Barringer, former vice president and acting treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 3707, was sentenced on March 9 in U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts to one year probation and six months home confinement, and fined $2,000, for falsifying records to cover up his theft of $22,180 in union funds. He had pleaded guilty on November 18, ten days after being charged. AFGE Local 3707 represents civilian federal employees at Westover Joint Air Reserve Base in Chicopee, Massachusetts.

AFGE Local Official in Massachusetts Pleads Guilty to Theft

AFGE logoOn November 18, Stanley Barringer, former vice president and acting treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 3707 in Chicopee, Mass., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts to falsifying union records in order to conceal his embezzlement of about $22,180 in union funds. He had been charged 10 days earlier. Federal prosecutors alleged that Barringer, 65, a resident of Springfield, Mass., during March 13, 2003-July 2, 2007 knowingly inserted false data in annual union financial reports to the U.S. Department of Labor. The union represents civilian federal employees at Westover Joint Air Reserve Base, located in the Springfield area. The charge and guilty plea follow an investigation by DOL's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Albuquerque Local AFGE President Sentenced for Fraud

AFGE logoOn November 2, Fidel Garza, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2063, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico to four months in prison, three years of supervised probation and four months of home confinement for defrauding the Albuquerque-based local. Garza had been indicted in December 2008 on 58 counts of wire fraud of about $84,000 from the local and another 58 counts of deprivation of honest services; he eventually pleaded guilty. As part of the sentencing agreement, Garza also will have to pay $77,457.89 in restitution plus a $100 special assessment. The actions follow a joint investigation by the U.S. Justice Department, Postal Service and Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Former AFGE President in Northern California Charged with Theft

AFGE logoOn August 4, Duane DeJoie, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 1223 in Oakland, Calif., was charged in U.S. District Court of Northern California with embezzling union funds in the amount of $5,369. The local represents employees of Region 9 of the Social Security Administration's Office of Hearings and Appeals. The charge follows an investigation by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

VA Hospital Employees Secretary in Minnesota Pleads Guilty

AFGE logoOn July 13, Lucy Irene Hastings, former recording secretary of American Federation of Government Employees Local 1969, pleaded guilty in Hennepin County, Minn. District Court to theft of union funds in the amount of $3,328.29. She had been charged in April. AFGE Local 1969 represents employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs Hospital in Minneapolis. The guilty plea follows a probe by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Washington State AFGE Local President Sentenced

AFGE logoOn July 12, Sid Mannetti, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 1170, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of Western Washington to two years probation with six months of home confinement for embezzling $50,463 in union funds during 2006-08. He also will have to pay full restitution. He had pleaded guilty in April. AFGE Local 1170 represents employees at Pacific Medical Centers in the Seattle area. The guilty plea and sentencing follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

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