On December 16, Joseph Ray Gonzalez, Jr., former secretary-treasurer of Guards Independent Local 106, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico to two months in prison and two years of supervised released for concealing and withholding financial records of the Socorro-based union related to theft. He also was ordered to pay the outstanding $4,000 of the $13,800 in restitution. Gonzalez pled guilty in September. The guilty plea and sentencing follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.
On May 11, Joseph Gonzales Jr., former treasurer of International Guards Union of North America Local 106, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico on eight counts of embezzlement in the amount of $13,800 from the Socorro union. The indictment follows a probe by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.
On April 20, Rebecca James, former financial secretary-treasurer of International Guards Union of America Local 123, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi to three years supervised probation for embezzling funds from the Port Gibson, Miss. union. She pled guilty in January. James also will have to pay $11,027.30 in restitution and a special assessment of $100. The union's former president, Ron Quinn, had been sentenced in March to six months home confinement and three years probation. He, too, must pay restitution in the same amount. The actions follow a probe by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.