National Association of Government Employees (NAGE)

President of NAGE-SEIU Local in Long Island, N.Y. Pleads Guilty to Mail Fraud

SEIU logoOn March 22, Rufino Sanchez, former president of National Association Government Employees (NAGE) Local R3-10, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York to one count of mail fraud resulting in the loss of $18,565 in funds from the union, formerly based in Ronkonkoma, N.Y. Sanchez had been indicted last July on 22 counts of mail fraud relating to the theft of $15,723 in union funds and arrested in August. NAGE is an affiliate of the Service Employees International Union. The indictment, arrest and guilty plea follow a probe by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Government Employees Local President in Virginia Sentenced

SEIU logoOn September 13, Kevin Threat, former president of National Association of Government Employees (NAGE) Local R3-84, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland to 60 days of home detention and five years of probation, and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $15,505 for embezzling funds from the Alexandria, Va.-based union. Threat is a Maryland resident, hence the reason for the case prosecuted in that state. He had been charged early in March and pleaded guilty later that month. NAGE is an affiliate of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). The actions follow an investigation by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards and Office of Inspector General.

Former President of Long Island NAGE Local Indicted, Arrested

SEIU logoOn July 31, Rufino Sanchez, former president of National Association of Government Employees (NAGE) Local R3 10, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York on 22 counts of mail fraud relating to the theft of $15,723 in funds from the Ronkonkoma, Long Island (Suffolk County), N.Y.-based union. A couple weeks later, on August 16, he was arrested and arraigned. NAGE is an affiliate of the Service Employees International Union. The indictment and arrest follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Army Base Local President in Missouri Sentenced for Thefts

SEIU logoOn June 6, Garold Lawson, former president of National Association of Government Employees (NAGE) Local R14-139, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri to six months confinement, four months home confinement and three years probation for embezzling $67,566 in union funds. He had pleaded guilty in January. The local represents several hundred employees of E.D.P. Enterprises, a food service contractor for Fort Leonard Wood Army Base in central Missouri. NAGE is affiliated with the Service Employees International Union. The sentencing follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Ex-President of Government Employees Local in Missouri Pleads Guilty

SEIU logoGarold W. Lawson Sr. wrote more than a hundred unauthorized union checks over several years to pay for personal expenses. His good luck streak was bound to run out - and did. Lawson, formerly president of National Association of Government Employees (NAGE, an affiliate of the Service Employees International Union) Local R14-139, pleaded guilty on January 6 in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri after being charged with embezzling at least $67,566 from the union, which represents several hundred employees of E.D.P. Enterprises, a food services contractor for Fort Leonard Wood Army Base.

Former President of Boston-Area Government Employees Local Admits to Larceny

SEIU logoOn November 17, Joseph Morana, former president of National Association of Government Employees (NAGE) Local 01-86, admitted in District Court of Brockton, Massachusetts to a finding of sufficient facts to the charge of larceny. He was ordered to serve up to two years of supervised probation, and to pay $7,696.48 in restitution to the West Roxbury union plus a special assessment of $90. NAGE is an affiliate of the Service Employees International Union. Admitting to a "finding of facts" amounts to a guilty plea, though without using the word "guilty." The action follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

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