Novelty and Production Workers

Ex-President of New Jersey Production Workers Local Sentenced

NoveltiesOn May 13, Stephen Arena, former president of Novelty and Production Workers Local 148, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the State of New Jersey to six months in prison and six months of home confinement for embezzling funds from the Jersey City local. He and the union's former secretary-treasurer, David Caivano, had been arrested and indicted in October 2010 for stealing a combined more than $375,000 during July 2005-March 2010. Arena pleaded guilty in May 2012. He already has made full restitution in the amount of $193,000, though the court ordered him to pay a $5,000 fine on top of that. As for Caivano, he pleaded guilty this January and was sentenced in March. The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Inspector General and Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Novelty Workers Ex-Local Treasurer in New Jersey Sentenced

Local 148 headquartersOn March 21, David Caivano, former secretary-treasurer of International Union of Allied Novelty and Production Workers Local 148, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the State of New Jersey to three years of probation for receiving unauthorized loans from the Jersey City-based union. He pleaded guilty in January. Caivano, along with former Local 148 President Stephen Arena, had been arrested and indicted in September 2010 for embezzling a combined more than $375,000 over nearly a half-decade. In addition to serving his sentence, Caivano must make restitution in the amount of $110,000. The actions follow an investigation by the Labor Department's Office of Inspector General and Office of Labor-Management Standards.

New Jersey Novelty Workers Secretary-Treasurer Pleads Guilty

On January 25, David Caivano, former secretary-treasurer of International Union of Allied Novelty and Production Workers Local 148, pleaded guilty in Newark, N.J. federal court for receiving unauthorized loans from the Jersey City-based union in an amount exceeding $2,000. Caivano, along with Local 148 President Stephen Arena, had been arrested and indicted in September 2010 for embezzling more than $375,000 over nearly a half-decade. Sentencing is scheduled for April. The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management-Standards and the Office of Inspector General.

Former Novelty Workers President in New Jersey Pleads Guilty

On May 31, Stephen Arena, former president of Local 148 of the International Union of Allied Novelty and Production Workers, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey to embezzling $193,000 in funds from the Jersey City, N.J.-based union. Arena, along with the union's secretary treasurer, David Caivano, had been arrested in September 2010 for stealing a combined more than $375,000 during July 2005-March 2010. The arrests took place in conjunction with a 29-count indictment by a Newark federal grand jury. The pair routinely awarded themselves unauthorized raises, bonuses and paid vacations. The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

New Jersey Production Workers Officials Arrested for Theft

dollarsStephen Arena and David Caivano made sure nobody would look while they looted their union's general and benefit funds. In the end, federal prosecutors are doing the looking. On Tuesday, September 21, Arena and Caivano, respectively, president and secretary-treasurer of Local 148 of the International Union of Allied Novelty and Production Workers, were arrested for embezzling more than $375,000 from the Jersey City union over a nearly a half-decade. As the local is no stranger to scandal, it hardly needs this development.

Father and Son Embezzlers in N.J. Sentenced

For a half-decade, father and son discovered how profitable stealing from a garment workers union could be.  Joseph Nardone Sr., 80, is the founder and (retired) president of International Novelty and Production Workers Local 148 in Jersey City, N.J., while his son, Joseph Jr., 51, had been president and administrator of the local’s welfare fund.  The pair had been convicted last November on conspiracy and embezzlement charges.  At their sentencing hearing of July 8 they found out their ways will carry a high price tag.

 

NJ Father & Son Convicted of Embezzlement

A father and son who were former union officials were convicted Nov. 4 in an embezzlement scheme that federal prosecutors said drained over $350,000 from the welfare fund of a garment workers union.  A federal jury got the case Wednesday afternoon. It returned Thursday afternoon and convicted both men on all counts they faced: Joseph Nardone Sr., 80, conspiracy; and Joseph Nardone Jr., 50, conspiracy and embezzlement.

 

DOL Obtains Consent Judgment Restoring More Than $70,000 to New Jersey Union’s Plans

The U.S. Department of Labor has obtained a consent judgment requiring Jersey City, N.J.- based Allied Novelty and Production Workers’ Union Local 148; and Joseph Nardone, Jr., and Ralph Somma, the administrator and trustee to the union’s retirement and welfare plans, to restore $70,742 for engaging in multiple violations of federal pension law. Local 148 already has restored $6,467 to the plan.

 

The judgment, filed in the federal district court in Newark, resulted from a lawsuit filed by the department in February 2003. The suit alleged that Nardone and Somma imprudently caused the two plans to unlawfully pay for Nardone’s defense during his trusteeship litigation, which is in violation of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

Jersey City Union Boss, Fla. Developer, Indicted for Embezzling Welfare Funds

On May 5, a federal grand jury returned a six-count indictment against two union officials and a building contractor in an embezzlement scheme against Local 148 of the Novelty and Production Workers Union in Jersey City, U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie announced.

The indictment alleges that between 1992 and 2001, Joseph Nardone, Jr., 49, of Bayonne, the Welfare and Pension Fund Administrator for Local 148 and the Local's recently removed President, and Stanley Rothman, 67, a building contractor now residing in Boynton Beach, Fla., conspired with each other and others to embezzle more than $350,000 in welfare and union funds through a multi-faceted fraud scheme.  The indictment also charges Peter Hasho, 67, of Long Island, President of Local 713 of the International Brotherhood of Trade Unions, located in Albertson, N.Y.

Boss Serpico and his Mistress Sentenced for Fraud

On Mar. 15,  U.S. Dist. Judge Blanche M. Manning (N.D. Ill., Clinton) sentenced John Serpico, ex-president of the Cent. States Joint Bd. and ex-vice president of the Laborers' Int'l Union of N. Am. to six concurrent 30 months prison terms followed by three years of supervised release. CSJB is a labor organization which handles pension and other employee benefit funds for eight locals including locals of LIUNA and the Int'l Union of Allied Novelty & Production Workers. A jury convicted the powerful Chicago boss July 16 on six counts of mail fraud. Manning also fined him $100,000, ordered him to make restitution of $30,000, and ordered him to pay the cost of imprisonment. Serpico was CSJB president from 1975-94 and, at the time of the conviction, was a $50,000-a-year consultant. He was purged from LIUNA in 1995.

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