International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)

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.

Florida Pastor Pleads Guilty to Theft from IBEW Fund

IBEW logoInternational Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 915 must have thought its benefits were in good hands. A minister supposedly doesn't steal. Gregory Sims, however, wasn't that kind of minister. Sims, pastor of Crossroads Church in Dade City, Fla. (Pasco County), pleaded guilty early in September in Tampa federal court to embezzling more than $800,000 from a union fund that he had managed as part of his second job as an investment services bookkeeper. He faces up to five years in prison. In addition, as part of his plea agreement, he will have to make full restitution.

Former Niagara Falls Mayor Pleads Guilty to IBEW Benefit Theft

IBEW logoFor four years, Vince Anello was mayor of Niagara Falls, New York. But thanks to a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, he'll likely be in prison for a significantly shorter duration. On September 2, Anello pleaded guilty in Buffalo federal court to submitting false claims of pension benefits through his union, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 237. He faces a sentence of at least 10 months and a restitution order of up to $120,000. In return, prosecutors agreed to drop a separate charge that Anello had engaged in influence-peddling on behalf of a local businessman in return for $40,000 in kickbacks. The case is local. Yet it does have national implications in the wake of the Supreme Court's interpretation this June of a federal law making it a crime for public or private officials to deprive constituents of "honest services."

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