American Postal Workers Union (APWU)

Postal Workers Ex-Local President in Indiana Sentenced

Postal Workers logoOn November 16, Pamela Nessen, former president of American Postal Workers Union Local 286, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana to six months of home confinement and one year of probation for embezzling $58,598 in funds from the Fort Wayne-based union.  She had pleaded guilty in June after being indicted in November 2014.  She also was ordered to pay $58,087 in restitution and a $100 special assessment.  The actions follow a probe by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Postal Workers Secretary in South Carolina Indicted for $200K+ in Thefts

Postal Workers logoOn September 1, Sharon Holmes, former secretary-treasurer of American Postal Workers Union Local 807, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina on one count of embezzling $41,823 from the Columbia, S.C. union; one count of wire fraud in the amount of $178,330; and one count of fraud and related activity in connection with access devices.  The charges follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Michigan Postal Workers President Charged with Embezzlement

Postal Workers logoOn August 12, Jesus Gonzales, president of American Postal Workers Union Local 300, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan with one count of embezzlement of $6,720 in funds from the Lansing-based union and one count of falsifying union records.  The charges follow a joint probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and the U.S. Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General.

North Carolina Postal Workers Local President Sentenced

APWU logoOn May 26, Salvatore Mauro, former president of American Postal Workers Union Local 1236, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina to three years of probation, and ordered to pay $8,831 in restitution plus a $25 assessment, for creating a false financial report on behalf of the Salisbury-based local.  He had pleaded guilty in January shortly after being charged that month.  The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Indiana Postal Workers President Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

APWU logoOn June 11, Pamela Nessen, former president of American Postal Workers Union (APWU) Local 286, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana to one count of embezzling funds from the Fort Wayne union in the amount of $58,598.  Nessen, who headed the APWU local during November 2009-November 2013, had turned herself into police in January after being indicted by a grand jury last November.  She originally had pleaded not guilty.  The indictment and guilty plea follow an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Georgia Postal Workers Secretary-Treasurer Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

APWU logoOn January 21, Cynthia Collins, former secretary-treasurer of American Postal Workers Union Local 12, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia to one count of embezzlement from the Athens, Ga. union. She had been indicted last July for embezzling $23,345 and then concealing the thefts in union financial reports. The actions follow an investigation by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Postal Workers President in North Carolina Charged

APWU logoOn January 13, Salvatore Mauro, former president of American Postal Workers Union Local 1236, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina with one count of creating a false financial report on behalf of the Salisbury-based union.  He pleaded guilty the next day. The indictment and plea follow a probe by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Postal Workers Local President in Indiana Indicted; Turns Self In

APWU logoOn January 12, Pamela Nessen, former president of American Postal Workers Union Local 286, turned herself into police in the wake of her indictment in November by a federal grand jury that she had embezzled $58,598 from the Fort Wayne, Ind. union. Nessen, now 58, headed the APWU local during November 2009-November 2013, and had been living in Jensen Beach, Fla. when the indictment came down. She pleaded not guilty the next day. The actions follow a U.S. Labor Department investigation.

Postal Workers Treasurer in South Dakota Indicted for Embezzlement

APWU logoOn November 4, Susan Haugen, former treasurer of the South Dakota chapter of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU), was charged in U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota with three counts of embezzling $36,309 in funds from the Huron, S.D.-based union. According to the grand jury indictment, Haugen, now 55, during May 2010-March 2014 made about $25,000 in unauthorized cash withdrawals and spent another $11,000 with the union credit and debit cards, all for personal expenses. The charges follow a probe by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

SE Virginia Local Postal Workers President Sentenced

Postal Workers logoOn August 4, Eric Barnett, former president of American Postal Workers Union Local 171, was sentenced in the Circuit Court of the City of Portsmouth, Virginia, to four years of probation for embezzling funds from the Portsmouth union. He also was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $10,212. Barnett had pleaded guilty in May after being indicted last November. The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

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