Painters (IUPAT)

Employee of Painters District Council Charged with Theft from Indiana Local

IUPAT logoOn February 7, Tracey Tigner, secretary for District Council 91 of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT), was charged in Hammond, Indiana federal court for embezzling an undisclosed sum of funds from an affiliate, IUPAT Local 460 in Merrillville, Ind. District Council 91 covers all of Indiana, central Kentucky and a portion of Tennessee. The indictment follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Inspector General and Office of Labor-Management Standards.

President of Painters District Council in New Jersey Pleads Guilty

On June 17, Michelle Facciolli, former president/field representative of International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 711, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, to receiving an unauthorized loan in excess of $2,000 from the Egg Harbor Township, N.J. (near Atlantic City) union. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Business Manager of New Jersey Painters Union Sentenced

On October 25, Patrick James Brennan, former business manager and secretary-treasurer of International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 711, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey to six months in prison and six months of home confinement for embezzlement from the Egg Harbor Township (near Atlantic City) union. He also will have to make restitution in the amount of $32,487.26. The sentencing follows an investigation by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

New Jersey Painters Business Manager Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

Painters logoOn May 12, Patrick James Brennan, former business manager and secretary treasurer of International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 711, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey to three counts of embezzlement of nearly $25,000 in funds and other things of value from the Egg Harbor Township (near Atlantic City) union. He used the district council credit card to make $4,862.12 in unauthorized charges; converted to his own use a union-owned vehicle worth about $11,000, and issued himself unauthorized holiday bonuses between December 2004 and December 2006 totaling $8,652. The guilty plea follows a probe by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Former Treasurer of New Hampshire Painters Local Sentenced for Embezzlement

PaintersOn October 19, Brian Wheeler, former treasurer of International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) Local 1468, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of Maine to five years probation for one count of embezzling funds from the Brentwood, New Hampshire union. He also was ordered to pay $5,000 in restitution, a $5,000 fine and a $100 special assessment. He pleaded guilty in July. The sentencing follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Painters Union Office Manager in Seattle Sentenced for Embezzlement

PaintersOn September 25, Fawne Lei-Petersen, formerly office manager for International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Local 300, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington to three months in prison, seven months of home confinement and three years of supervised release for embezzling $86,116 in funds from the Seattle union. She had pleaded guilty in June. The sentencing follows an investigation by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Painters Union Office Manager in Seattle Charged with Embezzlement

Painters logoOn June 17, Fawne Lei-Petersen, former office manager for Local 300 of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington with embezzling $86,118 from the Seattle union. The charge follows a probe by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

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