Toymakers Secretary-Treasurer in NYC Sentenced for Role in Benefit Scheme

Johnnie Miranti wanted an opportunity to get back into action managing his union. A court said “no such luck.” On March 23, Miranti, former secretary-treasurer of Allied Novelty and Production Workers Local 223, a toymakers union, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to eight months of imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiracy to solicit and receive $138,500 worth of benefit kickbacks. He had pleaded guilty last August after being indicted in July 2015 along with his father, Rocco Miranti, and Louis Smith, former president of International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 810. Smith had been sentenced in January after pleading guilty last August to skimming more than $150,000 from the Local 810 health plan. Each union is based in New York City.

The Local 223 health plan, for its part, was not in the best of shape. By …

NYC Teamster President Sentenced for Role in Fraud and Kickback Scheme

Louis Smith won’t have to spend much in the way of prison time, but he will have to spend a lot more money.  On January 24, Smith, former president of the New York City-based International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 810, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to one year in prison, to be followed by two years of supervised release, for taking kickbacks as part of a conspiracy to fleece two union benefit plans out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.  He also was ordered to forfeit $151,481 in assets on top of the $213,264 he already had paid in restitution.  Smith, along with Johnnie Miranti, an officer with Allied Novelty and Production Workers Local 223, had pleaded guilty in August.  The pair, along with Miranti’s father, had been indicted in July 2015 following a joint probe by the FBI, the U.S. Labor …

Three NYC Union Bosses Charged in 1M+ Kickback and Embezzlement Scheme

Benefit plans arguably have become the most lucrative source of illegal income in the world of organized labor.  Federal prosecutors in Manhattan don’t need to be reminded of that.  On July 1, New York City union officials Rocco Miranti, Johnnie Miranti and Louis Smith were arrested and indicted in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York for their roles in obtaining more than $1 million through kickbacks and theft from allied health plans.  The three defendants, respectively, are business manager of Allied Novelty and Production Workers Local 223, secretary-treasurer of Local 223, and ex-president of International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 810.  The actions follow a joint probe by the FBI, the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and Office of Inspector General, and the NYPD’s Organized Crime Investigation Division.

Allied Novelty and Production Workers Local 223 is based in Manhattan, and represents toy factory workers; Teamsters Local …

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

noveltiesOn 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

noveltiesOn 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

dollarsreduced_6On 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. 

Prosecutors state that Arena, a resident of Nesconset, N.Y., and Caivano, a resident of Bloomfield, N.J., routinely gave themselves unauthorized raises, bonuses and paid vacations. The executive board provided no oversight because they owed their appointments to Arena and Caivano. As recording secretary, Caivano allegedly altered the minutes of meetings to create the illusion of board approval. The 29-count indictment, unsealed in Newark federal court, stated of the first 19 …

Father and Son Novelty Workers in New Jersey Sentenced for Embezzlement

noveltiesFor 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 in federal court on conspiracy and embezzlement charges.  At their sentencing hearing of July 8 they found out their ways will carry a high price tag.

The Nardones were indicted in October 2002 for conspiracy to embezzle more than $350,000 from a union welfare fund in order to cover a scheme to inflate contractor project costs in the building the local occupies.  The developer with whom they conspired, Stanley Rothman, already has pleaded guilty.  The Nardones were convicted last November following a six-week trial; various other Local 148

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.

 

The elder Nardone was founder and retired president of Local 148 the Intl. Novelty Workers Union in Jersey City. His son also served as president, and was recently removed as administrator of its welfare fund.  Other officers of the union have also been convicted, and Local 148 remains under a court-ordered trusteeship because of corruption.  The investigation into Local 148 also resulted in the conviction of business agents Edward Bigham Sr. and Joseph Girlando, Local Vice President Edward

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