International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)

Pennsylvania Electrical Workers Bookkeeper Pleads Guilty

IBEW logoOn February 25, Deborah Small, former bookkeeper for International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 712, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania to one count of embezzlement in excess of $10,000 from the Beaver, Pa. union. She had been charged last June. The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Texas IBEW Business Manager Sentenced for Embezzlement

Electrical Workers logoOn October 3, Andrew Irwin, former business manager-financial secretary of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 72, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas to 10 months of incarceration and three years of supervised release for embezzling funds from the Waco-based union. He also was ordered to pay $27,321.63 in restitution, a $500 fine and a $100 special assessment. Irwin was charged in May with embezzling $47,096 and pleaded guilty in June. The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

IBEW Local Secretary in NE Pennsylvania Sentenced for Thefts

IBEW logoOn September 13, Libby Stegner, former administrative assistant for Local 1319 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania to two years of probation for embezzling $41,861 from the Wilkes-Barre union during 2005-10. She also was ordered to pay $41,321.25 in restitution and a $100 assessment. Stegner had been charged in May and pleaded guilty two weeks later that month. The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Texas Local Electrical Workers Office Employee Sentenced

Electrical Workers logoOn August 2, Pete Irwin, former administrative assistant for International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 72, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas to six months of home confinement and five years of probation for falsifying financial reports filed by the Waco-based union. He also was ordered to pay $19,774.70 in restitution and a $25 assessment. Irwin had been indicted in June. The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Electrical Workers Bookkeeper in Western Pennsylvania Charged

IBEW logoOn June 5, Deborah Small, former bookkeeper for International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 712, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania with embezzling in excess of $10,000 of funds and/or other things of value from the Beaver, Pa. union. The charge follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Pennsylvania Local IBEW Office Manager Charged; Pleads Guilty

IBEW logoLibby Stegner helped herself at the expense of union members for a half-decade. Now she has the pay the tab. On May 16, Stegner, former office manager for International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1319, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania with one count of embezzling $41,861 in funds from the Wilkes-Barre union. Two weeks later, on May 30, she pleaded guilty.

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.

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