International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)

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.

Alabama Electrical Workers President Indicted for Embezzlement

IBEW logoOn March 23, Michael Williams, former president of Local 780 of the International Association of Electrical Workers, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama on ten counts of embezzlement totaling $4,906 and four counts of making false entries in financial records of the Eufaula union. The charges follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Former Ohio Local Electrical Workers President Charged

Electrical workers logoOn January 28, Rodney Amspaugh, former president of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1853 in Newark, Ohio, was charged in Licking County (Ohio) Court of Common Pleas with theft in the amount of $2,227.39. The charge follows a probe by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Alabama Electrical Workers Ex-Official, Member Charged

IBEW logoOn December 28, Christy Freeman and Katherine Jones, respectively, former treasurer and former employee of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 780, were charged in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama with making false entries in financial records of the Eufaula union. The charges follow an investigation by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Electrical Workers Ex-Local Treasurer in Pittsburgh Sentenced

IBEW logoOn October 4, Thomas Carrola, former financial secretary-treasurer for International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1919, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of Western Pennsylvania to two years probation, plus six months of home confinement, for embezzling $35,057.70 in funds from the Pittsburgh union and falsifying financial records to cover up the thefts. He had been indicted in July 2009 and pleaded guilty in June of this year. The guilty plea and sentencing follow an investigation by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

California Electrical Workers Local Secretary-Treasurer Sentenced

IBEW logoOn August 30, Jimmie Leo Miles, former secretary-treasurer for International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1023, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California to one year in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release for embezzlement of union funds and filing a false tax return. He pled guilty in June. At that plea hearing he had been ordered to pay restitution in the amounts of $93,284 to the Barstow-based union and $14,466 to the IRS. The guilty plea and sentencing follow a probe by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

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