New York Trucking Firm Owners, Steward Indicted for Theft from Teamsters Local

Hauling truckLocal 282 of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters for many years operated as a Mafia branch office. But though federal prosecutors have succeeded in removing the mob presence, the union apparently still provides its share of opportunities of self-enrichment at the expense of members. On March 8, five persons involved in hauling operations for New York City-area construction projects were indicted in Brooklyn, N.Y. federal court for embezzlement, fraud and unlawful payments. The five-count indictment charges these scams deprived the union of more than $5 million in benefit contributions. Of the five defendants, four have been arraigned; each has pled not guilty. No action has occurred in the months since the indictments, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of New York, told Union Corruption Update.

International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 282, currently based in Lake Success, Long Island, N.Y. for decades had been in cahoots with the mob. John …