International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)

Electrical Workers Business Manager in Texas Charged with Embezzlement

IBEW logoOn May 1, Andrew Irwin, former business manager for International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 72, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas with embezzling funds from the Waco union in the amount of $47,096. The charge follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Electrical Workers Local President in Alabama Sentenced

IBEW logoOn November 17, Michael Williams, former president of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 780, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Middle District Court of Alabama to 16 months in prison and three years of probation for embezzling funds from the Eufaula, Ala. union. He also was ordered to pay $2,826 in restitution and a $100 special assessment. Williams had been indicted in March on 10 counts of embezzlement totaling $4,906 and four counts of making a false entry in union financial records. He pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement in June. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Virginia IBEW Financial Secretary Pleads Guilty; Sentenced

IBEW logoOn October 25, Leonard Carman, former financial secretary of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1142, pleaded guilty in the Circuit Court for the City of Norfolk, Va. to one count of embezzlement of less than $200 from the Virginia Beach-based union. He then was sentenced to one year in prison (suspended), two years of supervised probation and 50 hours of community service. Carman, who pleaded guilty in August, previously had made restitution in the amount of $3,118. The guilty plea and sentencing follow an investigation by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Florida Local IBEW Benefits Manager Sentenced for $800K+ Embezzlement

Electrical workersGregory Sims led a double work life. The problem was that he made sure they overlapped. Sims, formerly benefits manager for International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 915, was sentenced in Tampa federal court on January 18 to 30 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release for embezzling more than $800,000 in funds from the Tampa-based union and moving the money to an account at a church where he served as pastor. Sims pleaded guilty in September 2010. As part of his plea agreement, he also must repay the $813,142.17 that he stole through the use of his position as bookkeeper at a benefits consulting firm.

Electrical Workers Local Business Manager in Florida Sentenced

IBEW logoOn August 18, John Parisi, former business manager of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 682, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of Florida to one year of probation and 25 hours of community service for entering false financial statements in the records of the St. Petersburg-based union. He also will have to pay $13,053 in restitution and a $25 special assessment. Parisi pled guilty back in May. The guilty plea and sentencing follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Electrical Workers Financial Secretary in SE Virginia Indicted

IBEW logoOn August 3, Leonard Carman, former financial secretary of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1142 in Virginia Beach, Va., was indicted in Circuit Court for the City of Norfolk for embezzlement in an amount of at least $200 from the union. The indictment follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Chicago IBEW Boss Resigns Amid Pension Revelations

IBEW logoTim Foley is part of a long, ongoing Chicago tradition of public-sector income double-dipping. But two days ago he became a casualty of another Chicago tradition: investigative reporting. This Monday, on October 3, Foley resigned as business manager-financial secretary of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 134 following weeks of allegations that he and three other local officials had violated Illinois law by simultaneously collecting lucrative pensions from the city government and the local. "Recent focus in news reports has impacted how we are perceived by the public," Foley stated in a press release. "Placing each of the 15,000 members and their families ahead of me is the easy part of my decision to resign." In his absence, Vice President Terry Allen will become interim head of the Chicago union, which represents private- as well as public-sector electricians.

Electrical Workers Ex-Local President in South Carolina Indicted

IBEW logoOn May 10, Robin Mills, former president and business manager of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1591 in Conway, S.C., was indicted in U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina on one count of embezzling $49,287.88 from the union. The indictment follows a probe by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Alabama Electrical Workers Treasurer Sentenced for False Record-Keeping

IBEW logoOn April 20, Christy Nicole Freeman, former treasurer of Local 780 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, was sentenced to three years probation and ordered to pay $9,512.91 in restitution and a $25 assessment for making false entries in financial records of the Eufaula union. He had pleaded guilty in January. The sentencing follows a probe by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Former Alabama Electrical Workers Secretary Sentenced

IBEW logoOn April 1, Katherine Jones, former financial secretary of Local 780 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama to three years probation and ordered to make restitution of $4,710.17 to the Eufaula union for making a false statement on financial records. She had pleaded guilty in January. The guilty plea and sentencing follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

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