International Association of Machinists (IAM)

Los Angeles-Area Machinists Financial Secretary Sentenced

Machinists logo On July 18, Oscar Luevano, former financial secretary-treasurer of Transportation Communications Union (TCU) Local Lodge 5050, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California to eight months of home confinement and five years of probation for embezzling funds from the Covina (Los Angeles County)-based union in the amount of $132,939.  He also was ordered to pay $104,410 in restitution and a $100 special assessment.  Luevano had pleaded guilty on March 30, five days after being charged.  TCU is an affiliate of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.  The actions follow an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Illinois Machinists Secretary-Treasurer Pleads Guilty to Theft

Machinists logoRaul Mascote is a good example of the expression, “There’s a lot more where that came from.”  On April 14, Mascote, former secretary-treasurer of International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Lodge 2458, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois to one count of embezzling funds in the amount of $62,263 from the Minooka (near Joliet)-based union.  He had been charged last July following a joint investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and the U.S. Energy Department’s Office of Inspector General.  Prosecutors had alleged Mascote knowingly had converted $510,973 worth of U.S.-government property to his personal use.  This latter sum was not reflected in the original charge.  However, pursuant to federal guidelines, it will be considered in determining his sentence. 

Southern California Machinists Treasurer Charged; Pleads Guilty

Machinists logoOn March 30, Oscar Luevano, former financial secretary-treasurer of Transportation Communications Union (TCU) Local Lodge 5050, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California to embezzling $132,939 in funds from the Covina (Los Angeles County)-based union.  He had been charged five days earlier.  TCU is an affiliate of the International Association of Machinists.  The charge follows a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Machinists Local Secretary-Treasurer in Illinois Charged

Machinists logoOn July 9, Raul Mascote, former secretary-treasurer of International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Lodge 2458, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois with one count of embezzling $62,263 in funds from the Minooka, Ill. (near Joliet) union.  The charge follows a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Louisiana Federal Employees President, Secretary Plead Guilty; Sentenced

NFFE logoJustice in labor corruption cases can work very speedily.  Maxine Davis and Shirley Johns found out the hard way.  On July 27, Davis, former president of National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE) Local 1953, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana to making false statements in union financial records immediately after being charged.  Three days later, on July 30, she was sentenced to a year of unsupervised probation and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.  She already had paid $4,875 in restitution.  Davis was in good company.  On July 14, Shirley Johns, former secretary-treasurer of NFFE Local 1953, was charged in the same court with making false statements.  On July 17, she pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to a year of unsupervised probation and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.  Johns already had paid $7,190 in restitution.

Machinists District Business Agent in Minnesota Sentenced

Machinists logoOn May 2, James Kiser, former directing business representative for International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District 165, was sentenced in Stearns County (Minn.) Court to five years of probation and 30 days in jail, with credit for one day served, for theft in the amount of roughly $5,920 from the St. Cloud union. He also was ordered to pay full restitution and a $50 fine. He had pleaded guilty in March after being charged in December 2012. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Machinists Business Agent in Minnesota Pleads Guilty

MachinistsOn March 14, James Kiser, former directing business representative for International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District 165, pleaded guilty in Stearns County (Minn.) Court to one count of theft of over $1,000 from the St. Cloud-based labor organization. He had been charged in December 2012 with four counts of theft totaling $5,919. The charge and guilty plea follow a probe by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Machinists Secretary-Treasurer in Mississippi Sentenced

Machinists logoOn September 3, Bonnie Nixon, former secretary-treasurer of International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local Lodge W443, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi to three years of probation, including six months of home confinement, for embezzling $15,981.66 in funds from the Laurel-based union. She also was ordered to pay $16,368 in restitution. Nixon had been indicted last December and pleaded guilty in April. The actions follow a probe by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Mississippi Local Machinists Secretary-Treasurer Pleads Guilty to Theft

Machinists logoOn April 11, Bonnie Nixon, former secretary-treasurer of International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local Lodge W443, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi to embezzling $15,981.66 in funds from the Laurel-based union. She had been indicted in December. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Secretary-Treasurer of Indiana Machinists Local Sentenced

On February 20, Robert Stephenson, former secretary-treasurer of International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 2903, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana to one year of supervised probation, including six months of home confinement, for filing false reports related to his theft of more than $18,000 in funds from the Westville, Ind.-based union. He also was ordered to pay a $3,000 fine. Stephenson had pleaded guilty in November. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

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