American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)

AFGE Local President in Virginia Sentenced for Embezzlement

AFGE logoOn October 15, Richard James, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 1402, was sentenced in Arlington County, Virginia Circuit Court to two years in prison (suspended), two years supervised probation and 75 hours of community service for embezzling $9,850 from the Arlington union. James, who was charged in May and pleaded guilty in July, previously had made full in restitution. The actions follow a probe by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Former Government Workers President in Alaska Sentenced

AFGE logoOn June 23, Kevin McGee, former president of Local 3028 of the American Federation of Government Employees in Anchorage, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska to 18 months of probation with 30 days of home confinement for making a false entry in union financial records. He also was ordered to pay $2,400 in restitution and a $2,400 fine. McGee pleaded guilty in February. The sentencing follows a probe by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Northern Virginia Federal Employees Ex-Local President Charged

On May 18, Richard James, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 1402, was charged in General District Court for Arlington County, Virginia with embezzling $1,550 in union funds. The charge follows a probe by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Oklahoma Federal Employees Local President Sentenced

AFGE logoDaniel Greg Gibson wasn't very attentive to detail. That's why he'll be spending a year in prison. Gibson, formerly president of the American Federation of Government Employees local representing employees of the Robert S. Kerr Lock and Dam 15, was sentenced on July 16 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma to a year and one day in prison to be followed by 24 months of supervised release for thefts from the union. He also will have to pay $33,986.39 in restitution. The sentencing follows a probe by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Minneapolis Federal Employees Local Secretary Charged

AFGE logoOn April 30, Lucy Hastings, former recording secretary for Local 1969 of the American Federation of Government Employees, was charged in the District Court of Hennepin County, Minnesota with theft of $3,328.29 in union funds. The local represents employees of the VA Hospital in Minneapolis. The charge follows a probe by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Seattle-Area Hospital Workers Local President Pleads Guilty to Thefts

AFGE logoAbout the only thing Sid Mannetti can hope for now is leniency. Mannetti, formerly president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 1170, pleaded guilty in Seattle federal court on Thursday, April 8 to embezzling more than $50,000 from his union, which represents about 140 employees at Pacific Medical Centers in the Seattle area. During 2006-08 he diverted funds from the union's credit card and bank account to pay for personal expenses. He had been charged in January. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Government Employees Treasurer in Minnesota Charged with Theft

AFGE logoIn February 17, Jeffrey Ver Meer, formerly treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 169, was charged in Olmsted County District Court with one count of theft in an amount of over $5,000 from the Rochester, Minn. union. The charge follows an investigation by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Former President of Government Employees Local in Seattle Charged

Sid Mannetti was president of his hospital workers union for about two years. He might wind up spending at least that length of time in federal prison. On Monday, January 25, Mannetti was charged in Seattle federal court with one count of embezzling more than $50,000 from American Federation of Government Employees Local 1170, which represents about 140 workers at Pacific Medical Centers in the Seattle area. Prosecutors allege that Mannetti, who served as local president during 2006-08, made unauthorized use of a union credit card to cover personal expenses. Neither the union nor Mannetti's attorney were available for comment.

Federal Employees Local President in Colorado Pleads Guilty, Sentenced

AFGE logoOn November 5, Sherri Pemberton, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 1802, pleaded guilty in the City and County of Denver District Court to one count of theft from the Denver union. She was immediately sentenced to two years probation and was ordered to pay $7,958 in restitution. The sentencing follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards on request by the union itself.  

Ex-Treasurer of Government Employees Local in Texas Indicted for Theft

AFGE logoOn October 29, Rudy Villa Jr., former treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2771 in Plainview, was indicted in the County Court of Hale County, Texas, on felony theft charges. The indictment follows an investigation by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

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