American Postal Workers Union (APWU)

Postal Workers Official in Texas Sentenced for Concealing Thefts

APWU logoOn June 3, Nereida Norris, former clerk craft director of American Postal Workers Union Local 98, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas to nine months in prison and two years of supervised release for making a false statement in financial records of the Fort Worth-based union to conceal her theft of funds.  She also was ordered to pay $25,956 in restitution, a $5,000 fine and a $100 special assessment.  Norris had pleaded guilty in February after being charged in January.  The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Michigan Postal Workers Local President Sentenced

APWUOn May 31, Jesus Gonzales, former president of American Postal Workers Union Local 300, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan to two years of probation for making false entries in the records of the Lansing union for the purpose of concealing his theft of $6,720.  He also was ordered to make full restitution.  Gonzales had pled guilty in January after being charged last August.  The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and the U.S. Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General.

South Dakota Postal Workers Treasurer Sentenced for Theft

APWU logoOn April 11, Susan Haugen, former treasurer of the South Dakota chapter of the American Postal Workers of America, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota to one year of probation and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment for embezzling $30,782 in funds from the Huron, S.D. association.  She had pleaded guilty this February after being indicted on three counts in November 2014 for theft of more than $36,000.  Haugen previously paid restitution in the amount of $38,234.  The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

South Carolina Postal Workers Secretary-Treasurer Pleads Guilty

APWU logoConsidering what she had been accused of stealing, Sharon Holmes should consider herself lucky.  On March 15, Holmes, former secretary-treasurer of American Postal Workers Union Local 807, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina to one count of embezzling $41,823.  She had been indicted last September not only for embezzlement in this amount, but also for wire fraud in the sum of $178,330.  The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Michigan Postal Workers President Charged with Embezzlement

APWU logoOn February 3, Lawrence Moyer, president of American Postal Workers Union Local 6723, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan with one count of embezzling $2,599 in funds from the Troy (suburban Detroit) union.  The charge follows a probe by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Postal Workers Official in Texas Charged with Records Fraud

Postal Workers logoOn January 27, Nereida Norris, clerk craft director of American Postal Workers Union Local 98, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas with making a false statement in financial records of the Fort Worth-based union.  The charge follows an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Postal Workers President in Michigan Pleads Guilty to Records Fraud

Postal Workers logoOn January 19, Jesus Gonzales, former president of American Postal Workers Union Local 300, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan to making false entries in financial records of the Lansing-based union.  Gonzales had been charged in August with embezzling $6,720 and then concealing the theft.  The actions follow a joint investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and the U.S. Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General. 

Postal Workers Treasurer in South Dakota Pleads Guilty

APWU logoFor nearly four years, Susan Haugen saw her union as a private bank.  Now she’s likely to spend some time in a public prison.  On January 26, Haugen, former treasurer of the state affiliate of the American Postal Workers Union, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of South Dakota to one count of embezzlement of funds in the amount of $30,782 from the Huron, S.D.-based union.  She had been indicted in November 2014 on three counts of stealing a combined more than $36,000 following a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

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.

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