Harry Keil was in a lot deeper than initial reports had indicated. Keil, a former benefit fund manager for International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) District 9, pleaded guilty in May in St. Louis federal court to one count of embezzlement and one count of mail fraud. He admitted that he'd embezzled $341,000 from the Bridgeton, Mo. union, a figure far higher than the earlier figure of $54,702 reported following his indictment on January 29.
On April 7, Jeffrey Baker, former co-chairman of the Picket Committee of International Association of Machinists Local Lodge 1943, was sentenced to 180 days home confinement and two years probation, and ordered to pay a $2,500 fine and a $25 special assessment for making a false entry in union records. An investigation by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management earlier had determined that Baker misappropriated more than 100 strike pay checks and forged member signatures on most of them. He pleaded guilty in January and made restitution in the amount of $16,050. (OLMS, 4/21/09).
On March 27, Glen Gard, former secretary-treasurer for International Association of Machinists Local 2460 in Pensacola, pled guilty in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida to one count of embezzling approximately $90,500 in union funds. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards. (OLMS, 4/21/09).
On March 4, Glen Gard, former secretary-treasurer of Local 2460 of the International Association of Machinists (IAM) in Pensacola, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida for embezzling more than $90,000 in union funds. He had been arrested on an outstanding warrant in November following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Labor-Management Standards. (OLMS, 3/23/09).
On February 3, Donna Roles, former financial secretary of United Steelworkers Local 14310 in Mt. Hope, West Virginia, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to one month in prison and three months of supervised release for embezzling funds in the amount of $76,420.She also was ordered to make $70,000 in restitution (she already has paid $1,775), pay a $100 special assessment, and undergo drug and alcohol evaluation.Roles, a resident of Beckley, W.V., pleaded guilty in October to having taken the money during January 2002-September 2005.The sentencing follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.(Charleston Gazette, 2/4/09; OLMS, 2/12/09).
Wisconsin Vice President Sentenced for Records Fraud
On January 15, Richard Klemser, former treasurer of International Association of Machinists Lodge 1041 in West Long Branch, N.J., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey to embezzling roughly $60,000 during January 2004-March 2008.The guilty plea follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department.(OLMS, 1/28/09).
Committee Co-Chairman in Ohio Pleads Guilty to Records Fraud
On November 19, Tarris Dallas, former financial secretary of Local 9-415 of United Steelworkers, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida on one count of embezzling funds from the Fernandina Beach union in the approximate amount of $105,000.The indictment follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.(OLMS, 12/12/08).
Minnesota Local Financial Secretary Sentenced for Thefts
On October 24, Krista Yeatts, former office manager of International Association of Machinists Local 2444, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina to embezzling union funds in the amount of $47,746.01.She was charged in July.The union is based in Winston-Salem.The plea follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.(OLMS, 11/5/08).
Ex-Bookkeeper in Cincinnati Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement
Donna Simpson’s $50,000-plus salary as a union secretary apparently wasn’t enough to make ends meet, so for a year and a half she took to stealing from the union. The thefts weren’t detected at first, but her good luck streak eventually ended.Simpson was indicted in late August by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh for embezzling $87,823 from a bank account of the United Steelworkers' Organization for Active Retirees.Neither she nor union spokespersons could be reached for comment.
Simpson, 42, a resident of East McKeesport, Pa., had served as field secretary for the organization.U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan said in a prepared statement that from June 2006 until early 2008 she wrote herself 82 unauthorized union checks.Her salary last year was $50,305, according to the union’s financial report to the U.S. Department of Labor.The indictment follows an investigation by DOL’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.(Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 8/26/08).
Ohio Local President Indicted for Embezzlement, Records Fraud
On July 28, Darrell Pendergrass, former president of International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 699, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia to one year in prison and three years probation for embezzling union funds.He also will have to pay $70,336 in restitution plus any back taxes.Pendergrass previously made restitution in the amount of $53,000.He pleaded guilty in April to embezzlement and tax evasion.The sentencing follows a joint investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and the IRS.(OLMS, 8/18/08).
North Carolina Office Manager Indicted for Embezzlement