United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners (UBC)

Carpenters Secretary in Ohio Sentenced for Embezzlement

Carpenters logoOn December 2, Estella Collier, former office secretary and bookkeeper for United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners Local 200, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio to one year of probation for embezzling $12,933 in funds from the Columbus-based union.  She also was ordered to pay full restitution and attend meetings of Gamblers Anonymous.  Collier had been charged in an information count in July, after which she pleaded guilty in August.  The actions follow a probe by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and Office of Inspector General.

Washington State Carpenters Local Secretary Sentenced

Carpenters logoOn September 9, John Jones, former financial secretary of United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners Local 59, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington to two months in federal prison and three years of supervised release for embezzling more than $12,000 in funds from the Spokane-based union.  He also was ordered to pay $10,762 in remaining restitution and a $100 special assessment.  Jones had pleaded guilty in June.  The actions follow a probe by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Ohio Carpenters Secretary Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

Carpenters logoOn August 11, Estella Collier, former office secretary for United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners Local 200, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio to embezzling $12,933 from the Columbus-based union by writing unauthorized checks for making personal purchases.  She had been charged in an information count on July 28 following a joint probe by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and Office of Inspector General.

Michigan Carpenters Council Comptroller Charged with $500K Theft

Carpenters logoGlenn Robert Smith dodged a bullet nearly two years ago in a civil lawsuit filed by his union.  He might not be so fortunate this time around now that he’s facing federal criminal charges.  On July 1, Smith, former comptroller for the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights (MRCC), was charged in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan with an information count for embezzling $499,087 from the Detroit-area labor organization.  The charge follows a joint investigation by the IRS and the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and Office of Inspector General. 

Carpenters Secretary in Washington State Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

Carpenters logoOn June 11, John Jones, former financial secretary for United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners Local 59, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington to embezzling more than $12,000 from the Spokane-based union.  The plea follows an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Alaska Carpenters Secretary Sentenced for Embezzlement

On January 7, Jonathan Smith, former financial secretary of United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners Local 2247, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska to four months in halfway house for embezzling $41,770 from the Juneau union. He also was ordered to serve five years of probation and perform 250 hours of community service, and pay full restitution. Smith had pleaded guilty in August after being indicted in April. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

New Orleans-Area Carpenters Secretary Sentenced for Embezzlement

Carpenters logoOn September 17, Jeanine Breaux, former secretary-bookkeeper for United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners Local 1846, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana to three years of probation, and ordered to pay $82,414 in restitution and a $100 assessment, for embezzling funds from the Metairie-based union. She had pleaded guilty in March after being charged in February. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Alaska Carpenters Secretary Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

Carpenters logoOn August 8, Jonathan Smith, former financial secretary of United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners Local 2247, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska to embezzling $41,770 from the Juneau union over a five-year period. He had been indicted in April following an investigation by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Financial Secretary of Alaska Carpenters Local Indicted for Embezzlement

Carpenters logoOn April 16, Jonathan Smith, former financial secretary of United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners Local 2247, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska on one count of embezzling about $40,000 in funds from the Juneau-based union. Prosecutors say that during April 16, 2007-May 8, 2012, Smith stole from membership dues. Eventually, other union officials, having grown suspicious,  conducted an internal audit. Their fears confirmed, they requested an investigation by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Former Carpenters Local Secretary in Louisiana Pleads Guilty

Carpenters logoOn March 12, Jeanine Breaux, former office secretary for United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners Local 1846, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana to embezzling funds in an unspecified sum from the Metairie, La. union. She had been charged in February. The charge and guilty plea follow an investigation by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

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