James 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.
On October 28, Carolyn Williams, former secretary-treasurer of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 352 in Lansing, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan to embezzling $9,554.14 in union funds. She had been indicted in September. The guilty plea follows a probe by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.
On September 17, Carolyn Williams, former secretary-treasurer of Local 352 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan on one count of embezzling $9,554.14 in funds from the Lansing union. The indictment follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.
On July 7, Thomas Carrola, former financial secretary-treasurer for Local 1919 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania on one count of embezzling funds in the amount of $35,057.70 and one count of falsifying union records. The Pittsburgh-based local represents electrical line and tree removal workers. The indictment follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.
On July 15, Paul Hernandez, formerly secretary-treasurer and Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee Director of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 60 in San Antonio, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas for embezzling an unspecified sum of funds from an employee benefit plan. The indictment follows a joint investigation by the Department of Labor's Office of Labor-Management Standards and Employee Benefits Security Administration.
By a wide margin yesterday, Virginia voters nominated State Senator R. Creigh Deeds as the Democratic Party candidate for governor. In so doing, they rejected the candidacy of former Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Terry McAuliffe, a top Clinton confidante with a long history of influence-peddling. With roughly 75 percent of the ballots counted, Deeds had received about 50 percent of the tally, with McAuliffe and State Delegate Brian Moran each with roughly 25 percent. Deeds will face Republican Attorney General Bob McDonnell, who ran unopposed, in this November's general election. But the real news may be the defeat of McAuliffe, a powerful and ethically-challenged party fundraiser. Former President Bill Clinton, among other party stalwarts, actively had stumped on his behalf.
On April 2, William Thomas Brown, former financial secretary of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 886 in New Hope, Minnesota, was convicted in Hennepin County District Court of theft of union funds in the amount of $6,467.05. He was sentenced to three years probation and 30 days of home electronic monitoring, and ordered to make restitution. The conviction follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards. (OLMS, 4/21/09).
On December 3, Fidel R. Garza, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2063 in Albuquerque, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico on 58 counts each for wire fraud and deprivation of honest services associated with the defrauding of the local by about $84,000.The charge follows an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor. (OLMS, 12/19/08).
Minnesota Local Financial Secretary Charged with Theft
Congressman William Jefferson has a knack for attracting the wrong kinds of people with money.That skill earned him a high-profile federal indictment a year and a half ago.The Louisiana Democrat is going to need his friends, too, which include labor chieftains, when he goes on trial in Alexandria, Virginia early next year.Voters in his New Orleans district also are showing their loyalty.This November they handed him a runoff victory over his rival, Helena Moreno, in the Democratic primary.And they’re overwhelmingly likely to return him to Congress when he faces Republican challenger Anh Cao in the December 6 general election, which, like the primary, is being held late due to Hurricane Gustav.The man’s been leading a charmed life – at least if one ignores the possibility of a prison sentence of up to 235 years.
Deborah Anthony’s days of taking from the union till are over.On July 22, Anthony, ex-financial secretary for United Steelworkers Local 1196, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania to five years probation, one year of which must be spent in home detention, and pay $34,134.47 in restitution to the union.Prosecutors had charged that during 2003-2004 she wrote unauthorized checks to herself and third-party vendors.She pleaded guilty in March.The local represents workers at the Allegheny Ludlum plant in Brackenridge, northeast of Pittsburgh.The sentencing follows an investigation by the U.S.