International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)

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."

Electrical Workers Secretary-Treasurer in California Pleads Guilty

Electrical Workers logoOn June 21, Jimmie Leo Miles, former secretary-treasurer of Local 1023 of the International Brotherhood Electrical Workers, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California to embezzling union funds and filing a false tax return. He was ordered to pay $93,284 in restitution to the Barstow-based union and $14,466 to the IRS, file amended tax returns, and reimburse all prosecution costs. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Former Electrical Workers Official in Pittsburgh Pleads Guilty

IBEW logoOn March 11, David Come, former vice president and assistant business manager for Local 1919 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania to submitting false expense vouchers to the Pittsburgh-based union during January 2006-January 2007. He then was sentenced to nine months probation and ordered to pay $2,850.83 in restitution. The guilty plea and sentencing follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Ex-Niagara Falls Mayor Charged with Embezzling Electrical Workers Benefits

IBEW logo Vince Anello originally was an electrician. And he still is. But it's his relationship with a local of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) before, during and after his tenure as mayor of Niagara Falls, N.Y. that explains his troubles. Anello was charged in Buffalo federal court on Monday, June 7, with embezzling from the Niagara Falls-based IBEW Local 237 and filing false financial documents on behalf of the union. The allegations are in addition to a federal indictment in 2008 stating that shortly before taking office he'd taken a $40,000 bribe from a prominent area contractor in return for a grant of vending rights on city-owned property. He's pleaded not guilty in both cases.

Michigan Electrical Workers Local Treasurer Ordered to Pay Fine

Electrical Workers logoOn February 8, Carolyn Williams, former secretary-treasurer of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 352, was ordered by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan to pay a $1,000 fine and a $100 special assessment. She previously had made restitution to the Lansing union in the amount of $9,554.14 after pleading guilty in October to embezzlement. The sentencing follows a probe by the labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Southern California Electrical Workers Local Treasurer Indicted

Electrical Workers logoJames Miles has plenty of reasons to fear a trial - more than 350 of them, in fact. Miles, formerly treasurer of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1023, pleaded not guilty in Riverside, Calif. federal court on February 3 to charges related to his theft of more than $93,000 from the Barstow union over four and a half years. A grand jury on January 13 had indicted him on one count of embezzlement, nine counts of mail fraud and two counts of filing false financial statements with the U.S. Department of Labor. He also allegedly filed false federal and state tax returns on behalf of himself and the union. A pretrial hearing is set for March 22.

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