Former IBEW President in New York Sentenced for Thefts

On March 8, Brian Scott, former president and business manager of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 503, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to one year and a day in prison, to be followed by two years of supervised release, for acts of embezzlement and mail fraud against the Monroe (Orange County), N.Y.-based union totaling $66,954 during July 2008-February 2012.  He also was ordered to pay $68,771 in restitution.  Scott had pleaded guilty last November following a superseding indictment in August.  The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.…

Electrical Workers Treasurer in South Dakota Indicted for Fraud

On December 6, Salvatore Zagra, former treasurer of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1959, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota on two counts of fraud related to his obtaining bank funds to execute a real estate transaction.  He allegedly cashed checks from an account of the Watertown, S.D.-based union and diverted the funds to his own personal use.  The charges follow a joint investigation by the FBI, the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards, and the Office of Inspector General of both the Department of Energy and General Services Administration.…

Electrical Workers Office Manager in Texas Sentenced for Embezzlement

On December 15, Jennifer Cruise, also known as Jenn Studebaker, former office manager for International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 520, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas to three years of probation for embezzling funds from the Austin-based union.  She also was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $12,344 and a special assessment of $100.  Cruise had pleaded guilty in October after being charged in August for stealing $12,750.  The actions follow an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.…

Upstate New York Electrical Workers Boss Pleads Guilty to Fraud

ibewlogoOn November 17, Brian Scott, former president and business manager of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 503, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to one count of mail fraud against the Monroe (Orange County), N.Y.-based union.  He had been hit with a superseding indictment in August on one count each of embezzlement, mail fraud and false reporting following his arrest in February and an earlier indictment the previous October.  Scott, now a resident of Miami Beach, Fla., had been accused of making unauthorized charges from union accounts totaling $66,954 during the period July 2008-February 2012.  The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.…

IBEW President in Arkansas Sentenced for Embezzlement

ibewlogoOn October 13, Clinton Humphrey, former president and business manager of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 386, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas to six months of home confinement and five years of probation for embezzling $51,811.70 in funds from the Texarkana, Ark.-based union.  He also was ordered to pay full restitution plus a $100 special assessment.  Humphrey had pleaded guilty to an information in January.  The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.…

Ex-IBEW Office Manager in Texas Charged with Embezzlement

ibewlogoOn August 16, Jennifer Cruise, former office manager for International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 520, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas with two counts of embezzling funds from the Austin-based union in the amount of $12,750.  The charge follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.…

IBEW President in Upstate New York Indicted Again for Theft

ibewlogoThe situation for Brian Scott keeps getting more troublesome.  On August 23, Scott, former president and business manager for International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 503, was hit with a superseding indictment in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on one count each of embezzlement, mail fraud and false reporting against the Monroe (Orange County), N.Y.-based union.  He had been arrested in February following an earlier indictment last October.  The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

According to prosecutors, Scott, now 46 and a resident of Miami Beach, Fla., during July 2008-February 2012 allegedly made unauthorized charges with his two union credit cards totaling $48,534 and collected another $18,420 in unauthorized union checks he had written out to himself.  Grand total:   $66,954.  He used the stolen money mainly to purchase meals, travel and entertainment, and to cover bail bond …

Arkansas IBEW President-Business Manager Charged with Theft; Pleads Guilty

IBEW logoThe promotion was nice, but it couldn’t save Clinton Humphrey from being caught.  On January 26, Humphrey, formerly president-business manager of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 386, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas with embezzling $51,811.70 in funds from the Texarkana, Ark.-based union.  He then pleaded guilty.  The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Court records show that Humphrey, now 43, during the period March 2010-November 2014 used his union credit card and checking accounts to buy items for his personal use.  He had served as secretary-treasurer of Local 386 since 2009, but during mid-2014 he took over as president and business manager.  His tenure in his latter posts would be brief.  Humphrey faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, but given his guilty plea, he’s likely to be …

Electrical Workers President in Upstate New York Indicted

IBEW logoOn October 19, Brian Scott, former president of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 503, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on one count of embezzlement of an unspecified sum and one count of false reporting.  The union is based in Monroe (Orange County), N.Y.  The charges follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.…

Court Reinstates Conviction of New Jersey Electrical Workers Business Agent

IBEW logoFor a while, Richard “Buzzy” Dressel wasn't certain whether he would be headed for prison.  He's more certain now.  On August 13, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit reinstated the jury guilty verdict of Dressel, former business manager for International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 164, on charges of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Paramus, N.J.-based union and its job training fund.  In reversing U.S. District Judge William Martini’s decision of April 2014 that had tossed out two embezzlement convictions, the appellate court stated:  “The jury’s verdict was not irrational, as there was sufficient evidence to convict Dressel of embezzling union funds.”  Dressel allegedly had used the money to provide his girlfriend (and now wife) with a no-show union job and to bankroll her catering business with a no-bid contract.   

Union Corruption Update reported on this case twice before.  Back in November 2012, …

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