Daniel Hughes long had major emotional issues. But apparently they were less than resolved at the time of his sentencing. On March 7, Hughes, formerly president of Port Authority Field Supervisors Association Local 111-S, was sentenced in Brooklyn, N.Y. federal court to 21 months in prison for embezzling nearly $300,000 in dues from the union, whose roughly 250 members perform work on bridges, tunnels and airport runways managed by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. He also was ordered to pay restitution. Hughes had pleaded guilty a little over two years ago following an internal investigation and a criminal prosecution.
The case against Daniel Hughes seemed airtight the last time around. That's why he pled guilty a year ago to fraud. But the former boss of the union representing maintenance workers for the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey might have to go through the motions again. On the upside, he might walk. On May 6, Hughes, a Port Authority employee as well as ex-president of Port Authority Field Supervisors Association Local 111-S, appeared in Brooklyn federal court to receive word that his union might not be covered under the law used to charge him with stealing nearly $300,000 in local funds. If he pleads not guilty this time, prosecutors would charge Hughes with wire fraud. And it's hard to see an outcome any different.
Daniel Hughes lived large, figuratively and literally. Now the former New York City-area union chieftain is facing a major downsizing in his lifestyle. Hughes, ex-president of Port Authority Field Supervisors Association Local 111-S, pleaded guilty in Brooklyn federal court on June 16 to embezzling nearly $300,000 from the union over the course of a half-decade to finance his seemingly boundless appetite for hookers, gambling and gourmet meals. The union, whose roughly 250 members perform roadwork at Port Authority-managed bridges, tunnels and airports, is for the time being out of money. Hughes is trying to deal with a bigger dilemma: a prison sentence of between 46 and 57 months.