International Association of Machinists (IAM)

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.

Machinists Business Agent in Minnesota Charged with Theft

On December 18, James Kiser, former directing business representative for International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District Lodge 165, was charged in Stearns County Court of Minnesota with four counts of theft of $5,919 from the St. Cloud, Minn.-based union during January 2010-February 2012. The charges follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Machinists Secretary-Treasurer in NE Indiana Sentenced for Embezzlement

On December 17, Mark Morgan, former secretary-treasurer of International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local Lodge 2584, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana to three years of probation, including eight months of home detention, for embezzling funds from the formerly Fremont, Ind.-based union. He also was ordered to pay $17,616.70 in restitution and a $100 special assessment. Morgan had been charged in May, and pleaded guilty in August. The actions follow a probe by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Machinists Secretary-Treasurer in Mississippi Charged with Embezzlement

On December 12, Bonnie Nixon, former secretary-treasurer of International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Lodge W443, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi for embezzling $15,981.66 in funds from the Laurel-based union. The indictment follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Machinists Local Secretary-Treasurer in Indiana Pleads Guilty

On November 13, Robert Stephenson, former secretary-treasurer of International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local Lodge 2903, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana to omitting information on union financial reports related to his embezzlement of approximately $18,000 in local funds he diverted to his own personal use. The union is based in Westville, Ind., part of the Michigan City-LaPorte area, near Lake Michigan. The guilty plea follows a probe by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Ohio Machinists Local Secretary Sentenced for Embezzlement

On October 12, Rachel Lanham, former office secretary for International Association of Machinists Local Lodge 34, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio to six months of home confinement to be followed by three years of supervised probation for embezzling funds from the Columbus union. She also will have to make full restitution in the amount of $104,867.45 and pay a $100 special assessment. Lanham pled guilty in June. The guilty plea and sentencing follow an investigation by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

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