CWA Financial Secretary in Ohio Sentenced for Embezzlement

On February 22, Aaron Contreras, former secretary-treasurer of Communications Workers of America Local 84749, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio to 16 months in prison and three years of supervised release for embezzling $42,700 from the Fostoria, Ohio union.  He also was ordered to pay full restitution.  Contreras had pleaded guilty in October after being charged in September.  The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and the Fostoria Police Department.…

President of Alabama CWA Local Indicted for Embezzlement

cwa-logoFor more than four years, Michael Lackey used his union as a personal ATM machine.  It appears that the machine is now out of order.  On November 30, Lackey, former president of Communications Workers of America Local 3901, was indicted on nine counts in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama related to his stealing funds from the Oxford, Ala.-based union in an amount of nearly $70,000 and then concealing the thefts.  The indictment follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

According to prosecutors, Lackey, 43, a resident of Bremen, Ga., used his position as president of CWA Local 3901 during February 2010-October 2014 to divert local funds to his own personal use. The money went for “unauthorized or nonexistent travel expenses, using debit cards he obtained on accounts for the local at both Regions and Wells Fargo for personal expenses, and making …

Communications Workers Secretary in Ohio Charged with Theft; Pleads Guilty

cwa-logoOn September 16, Aaron Contreras, former financial secretary of Communications Workers of America Local 84749, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio in an information count with embezzlement in the amount of $42,700 from the Fostoria, Ohio-based union.  He then pleaded guilty on October 11.  According to prosecutors, Contreras during January 2-December 10, 2015 embezzled funds “for which he prepared a false financial report on or about November 30, 2015 to conceal the embezzlement, and, with ATM withdrawal fees, resulting in a total loss to the union of $43,293.25.”  The charge and guilty plea follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and the Fostoria Police Department.…

CWA Secretary-Treasurer in Oregon Pleads Guilty; Sentenced

Communications Workers logoOn April 4, Bonita Scherling, former secretary-treasurer of Communications Workers of America Local 7970, pleaded guilty in the Circuit Court of Oregon, County of Hood River, to one count of forgery and one count of identity theft from the Hood River-based union.  She then was sentenced to five years of probation and 120 hours of community service, and was ordered to pay $19,386 in restitution and a $500 fine.  Scherling had been indicted last October on one count each of theft and forgery, and two counts of identity theft.  The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.…

Vice President of CWA Local in Detroit Pleads Guilty

Communications Workers logoOn February 16, Karen McJimpson, former executive vice president of Communications Workers of America Local 4004, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan to one count of failure to maintain records of the Detroit-based union.  She had been charged earlier that day in a superseding information count following an August indictment for embezzlement of about $19,000 in union funds.  The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.…

Oregon CWA Local Secretary-Treasurer Indicted

Communications Workers logoOn October 30, Bonita Scherling, former secretary-treasurer of Communications Workers of America Local 7970, was indicted in the Circuit Court of the State of Oregon, County of Hood River, on one count of theft, one count of forgery and two counts of identity theft in relation to her position at the Hood River-based union.  The indictment follows a probe by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.…

Detroit CWA Vice President Charged with Embezzlement

Communications Workers logoOn August 18, Karen McJimpson, former executive vice president of Communications Workers of America Local 4004, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan with embezzling about $19,000 in funds from the Detroit union.  The indictment follows an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.…

CWA Secretary-Treasurer in Indiana Charged with Forgery, Theft

Communications Workers logoOn July 23, Diana Brown, former secretary-treasurer of Communications Workers of America Local 84807, was charged in Clark County, Indiana Circuit Court with 10 counts of felony forgery and one count of felony theft from the Jeffersonville, Ind. (near Louisville, Ky.) union.  The charges follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.…

Southwest Ohio CWA Financial Secretary Sentenced for Theft

On July 1, Thomas Wolfer, former financial secretary of Communications Workers of America Local 84729, was sentenced in the State of Ohio, Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas, to three years of community service, and ordered to pay $20,000 in restitution plus court costs, for theft from the Fayetteville, Ohio union.  Wolfer had pleaded guilty in March to one count of felony theft.  The actions follow a joint investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.…

CWA Secretary-Treasurer in Idaho Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

Communications Workers logoFor about six years, Helen Herold-Roden had mastered the art of stealing from her union.  But it’s hard to beat the law of averages.  Last Thursday, June 18, Herold-Roden, former secretary-treasurer of Communications Workers of America Local 7603, pleaded guilty (pre-indictment) in U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho to one count of embezzling $138,658 in funds from the Meridian, Idaho-based union, which represents employees of area telecom companies such as AT&T and Century Link.  The guilty plea follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.  Sentencing is scheduled for September 8.

Herold-Roden, 49, a resident of Boise, had served in her union position from 2002 until July 2014.  Starting in 2008, say federal prosecutors, she diverted union funds to pay for personal expenses.  On about 28 occasions she wrote duplicate checks to herself.  Moreover, on about 740 occasions, she used her ATM/debit card to make …

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