International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)

New Jersey IBEW Local Officials Charged with $350,000 in Thefts

IBEW logoRichard "Buzzy" Dressel apparently saw his union as a source of free income for his girlfriend. That the two are now married hasn't impressed federal prosecutors. Last November 15, Dressel, business manager for International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 164, along with the local president, John DeBouter, were arrested and then indicted in Newark federal court on eight counts of embezzling a combined roughly $350,000 from the Paramus, N.J.-based union and its apprenticeship fund. Nearly two weeks later, Dressel and DeBouter each pleaded not guilty. A court spokesperson informed Union Corruption Update today that lawyers have scheduled a status conference for September 5. A status conference typically indicates a trial is imminent.

Union Leaders Prepare for Final Push on Immigration; Ignore Member Concerns

Richard Trumka"Comprehensive immigration reform," like virtually any initiative containing the magic word "comprehensive," looks good on the surface. But the details of the comprehensive immigration bill passed by the Senate in June by a 68-32 margin reveal much wrong underneath. Oblivious to this, top union leaders are gearing up for an all-out blitz this fall to secure passage of a similar bill in the Republican-majority House of Representatives. Led by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka (in photo), they are obsessed with providing 11 million or more persons illegally in this country with amnesty and eventual citizenship, and with enabling millions of family members to come here to join them.

New Jersey IBEW Secretary-Treasurer, Steward Charged with Theft

IBEW logoTwo top officials at International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 827 believed that they could get away with claiming hours for work not done. It turned out to be a bad guess. That's why they're former officials. On July 8, Robert Garris, former chief shop steward for the East Windsor Township (Mercer County), N.J.-based union, was charged in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Passaic County, with theft by deception in the sum of $25,960 for submission of false time claims. Nine days later, on July 17, in the same court, Jason D'Errico, the union's former secretary-treasurer, was charged with time claim theft in the amount of $58,954 and purchase of a vehicle with funds belonging to the Passaic County Labor Board. The charges in each case follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

IBEW Bookkeeper in Pennsylvania Sentenced for Embezzlement

IBEW logoOn June 25, Deborah Small, former bookkeeper for International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 712, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania to 10 months of home detention and five years of probation for embezzling funds from the Beaver, Pa. union. She also will have to pay $75,285 in restitution, a sum which includes $19,800 in audit fees incurred by the union. Small pled guilty in February after being charged last June. The sentencing follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

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.

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