International Association of Machinists (IAM)

Tennessee Machinists Local Office Manager Sentenced for Theft

On April 1, Linda Tickle, former office manager of International Association of Machinists Locals 56 and 1458 in Chattanooga, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee to five months imprisonment and three years probation for embezzling $40,048.72 in union funds. She also will have to make full restitution and pay a $200 special assessment. Tickle had pleaded guilty in March to two counts of embezzlement. The original two-count indictment of last August indicated the total theft to be $30,173.27. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Las Vegas Machinists Secretary-Treasurer Charged with Embezzlement

On February 1, Hugo Vargas, formerly secretary-treasurer of International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Lodge 845, was charged in U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada with embezzling $106,293.59 from the Las Vegas union. The charge follows a probe by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Kentucky Machinists Financial Secretary Charged with Theft, Sentenced

Machinists logoOn December 7, Mark Owens, formerly financial secretary of International Association of Machinists Local Lodge 366W, was charged in the Circuit Court of Marion County, Kentucky with theft of $200 from the Lebanon, Ky. union. He then pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced to 60 days of probation on the condition that he make restitution of $200 and pay $153 in fines and court costs. The action follows an investigation by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Former St. Louis-Area Machinists Benefit Manager Sentenced

In the case of Harry Keil, there was more than met the eye. Keil, formerly the pension, health and welfare fund manager for International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District 9, had been indicted this January on two counts of embezzling about $54,000 from a pair of union benefit plans. But his true take, as he had admitted at his plea hearing, was much higher. Keil was sentenced on Thursday, October 29 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri to 27 months in prison and was ordered to make restitution of about $341,000 to the insurance fund covering the Bridgeton, Mo.-based labor organization's losses.

Ex-Employee of Tennessee Machinists Locals Indicted for Embezzlement

Hillary and MachinistsOn August 25, Linda Tickle, former employee of International Association of Machinists Locals 56 and 1458, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee on two counts of embezzling $30,173.27 from the Chattanooga unions. The indictment follows an investigation by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

New Jersey Rail Workers Treasurer Sentenced for Embezzlement

Rail workersAt least Richard Klemser won't have to do much prison time. Klemser, 44, formerly treasurer of International Association of Machinists Local 1041, was sentenced on August 11 to a one-year prison term for embezzlement. During January 2004-March 2008, federal prosecutors alleged, Klemser stole about $64,000 from the West Long Branch, N.J. union, which represents employees of NJ Transit, CSX Transportation, Norfolk Southern and Conrail. He had pleaded guilty in January. Under the sentencing agreement, he also will have to make full restitution. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Benefit Plan Manager of St. Louis-Area Machinists Affiliate Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

Machinists logoHarry 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.

Ohio Machinists Local Officer Sentenced for Records Fraud

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).

Machinists Local Secretary-Treasurer in Florida Pleads Guilty to Theft

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).

Florida Machinists Local Secretary-Treasurer Arrested for Theft

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).

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