International Association of Iron Workers (IAIW)

Five in Florida Plead Guilty to Role in $400K+ Ironworkers Benefit Scam

Iron Workers logoLocal 808 of the International Association of Iron Workers has a generous annuity plan. Just ask Angela Deleon, its former third-party administrator who siphoned off a large portion of the money to herself and several associates. Yesterday, on April 23, five residents of Volusia County, Fla. pleaded guilty in Orlando federal court to participating in a scam engineered by Deleon that netted more than $400,000 from the plan, sponsored by the Orlando-based union. They were among nine persons charged early last month. Deleon already had been arrested more than a year ago; she eventually pleaded guilty and received a two-year prison sentence and a restitution order. None of the additional defendants are union members or benefit plan participants. Each faces up to five years in prison.

Iron Workers Office Manager in Cincinnati Charged with Embezzlement

Iron Workers logoOn March 19, Julie Skaggs, former office manager for International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers Local 372, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio on one count of embezzling $51,491 in funds from the Cincinnati union. The charge follows a probe by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

New Orleans Ironworkers Secretary Pleads Guilty to Theft

Iron Workers logoOn March 12, Andrea Hobgood, former secretary for International Association of Iron Workers Local 58, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana to embezzling an unspecified sum of funds from the New Orleans-based union. She had been charged in January. The actions follow an investigation by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Iron Workers Secretary in New Orleans Charged with Embezzlement

Iron Workers logoOn January 27, Andrea Hobgood, former secretary of International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers Local 58, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana with embezzling funds from the New Orleans-based union in an unspecified amount. The charge follows an investigation by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Iron Workers Union Thugs in Philadelphia Indicted

Iron Workers Local 401In Philadelphia construction, there is an unwritten rule: A nonunion contractor, and the people who work for one, should be prepared to accept a deal - on union terms. Otherwise, they face some rough justice. One union, at least, is learning the limits of this business model. Last Tuesday, on February 18, ten members of International Association of Iron Workers Local 401 were indicted in federal court on offenses ranging from racketeering to assault to arson as part of an ongoing campaign to persuade contractors to hire only union labor at selected construction sites. The defendants often operated as members of goon squads.

New Jersey Iron Workers Local Business Manager Pleads Guilty

Iron Workers logoBack in May, James J. Kearney Jr. received his just deserts. A couple of weeks ago his father took a major step toward that end. On July 11, James J. Kearney Sr., formerly the business manager of Local 45 of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Ironworkers, pleaded guilty in Newark federal court to soliciting and receiving cash bribes to allow union contractors to hire nonunion workers. The elder Kearney had been arrested last November 22, and faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine at sentencing this October. The nearly 300-member construction union, since placed under trusteeship by the international union, is based in Jersey City, N.J.

Iron Workers Secretary-Treasurer in New Jersey Sentenced for $560K+ Theft

Ironworkers logoConsidering the size of his take, James J. Kearney Jr. probably got off easy. On May 10, Kearney, formerly secretary-treasurer of Local 45 of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers (IAIW), was sentenced in Trenton federal court to 30 months in prison and three years probation for embezzling more than $560,000 from the Jersey City, N.J. construction union. He also will have to pay full restitution and a $100 special assessment. Kearney pleaded guilty last November. This case is separate from an ongoing one involving his father, former Local 45 business manager James Kearney Sr., arrested last November for soliciting and receiving cash bribes to allow contractors to hire nonunion workers. The international union late last year placed the local under trusteeship.

Pittsburgh Iron Workers Secretary Sentenced for $400K+ Embezzlement

Iron Workers logoOn January 13, Jennine Prince, former bookkeeper/office secretary for International Association of Iron Workers Local 3, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania to two years of imprisonment, followed by three years or supervised release, for embezzling $418,070.96 from the Pittsburgh-based union. She also will have to pay restitution in the amount of $494,598.89 and a $100 special assessment. She pleaded guilty last September after being indicted in April. The actions follow an investigation by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

New Jersey Ironworkers, Laborers Business Agents Arrested; Ironworkers Treasurer Admits $500K+ Theft

Ironworkers logoTo be euphemistic about it, Local 45 of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Ironworkers (IAIW) has seen better days. For that matter, so has Laborers International Union of North America Local 592. On November 22, federal law enforcement agents arrested James Kearney Sr., until recently business manager for the Jersey City, N.J. union, for soliciting and receiving cash bribes to allow contractors to hire nonunion workers. Kearney's son, James Kearney Jr., a former Local 45 secretary-treasurer, pleaded guilty the previous week in federal court in an unrelated case to embezzling more than $560,000 from the union. During that timeline, the international union reportedly placed the local under trustee supervision. In a separate case, the feds on November 22 arrested Patrick Viola, ex-business manager for LIUNA Local 592 in Edgewater, N.J.

Iron Workers Local Secretary in Kentucky Sentenced

IronworkersOn October 3, Christy Riggs, former office secretary for International Association of Iron Workers Local 70, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky to five years probation and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $13,937.80 plus a $25 special assessment. She had pleaded guilty back in June to falsifying union records in connection with her theft of about $18,000 from the Louisville union after being charged in May. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

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