United Steelworkers of America (USWA)

Steelworkers Local Financial Secretary in Michigan Sentenced

Steelworkers logoOn August 19, Barbara Gallagher, former financial secretary of United Steelworkers Local 2-1007, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan to one count of making a false statement in the union's 2005 annual financial report. She then was sentenced to five years of probation and ordered to pay $8,725.11 and a $25 special assessment. The plea and sentencing follow an investigation by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Detroit Steelworkers President Pleads Guilty to Records Fraud

Steelworkers logoOn July 20, Andrew Blackmon, former president of United Steelworkers of America Local 842 in Detroit, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan to one count of falsifying union records. He had been charged in June. The guilty plea follows a probe by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Pennsylvania Steelworkers Field Secretary Pleads Guilty to Theft

SteelworkersDonna Simpson probably realized early on the futility of denying the charges against her. On Friday, April 17, the field secretary for the United Steelworkers of America (USWA), pleaded guilty in Pittsburgh federal court to one count of embezzling funds from the union. Simpson, 42, a resident of East McKeesport, Pennsylvania, had been indicted last August by a grand jury for stealing $87,823 from the bank account of the USWA's Organization for Active Retirees. Prosecutors said that during June 2006-January 2008 she wrote herself 82 unauthorized checks. Sentencing is scheduled for July 22. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards. (Associated Press, 4/17/09; Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 4/17/09; other sources).

Michigan Steelworkers Financial Secretary Sentenced for Thefts

Lyndon Denney learned his lesson. And that's a major reason why he's not going to do hard time. Denney, a former financial secretary for United Steelworkers of America Local 2-1019, was sentenced in federal court to probation and ordered to make nearly $24,000 in restitution to the Otsego, Michigan (near Kalamazoo) union. He had pleaded guilty in November following an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department.

Denney, 46, a resident of Hastings, over a four-year period beginning in early 2002 stole $23,627.32 from the union formerly known as United Papermakers & Paperworkers. He wrote unauthorized checks from a union account in order to pay off personal debts, and on occasion made unauthorized cash withdrawals from the union savings account. Denney's lawyer, Sharon Turek, said her client was contrite. "He has spent many hours thinking about what he did to get to this point," she wrote in a court filing. "He has had to face former friends and co-workers and his family and admit what he did." (Grand Rapids Press, 3/28/09; other sources).

Wisconsin Local Steelworkers Official Sentenced for Thefts

On February 27, Mary Schaeuble, chair of the Insurance Committee of United Steelworkers of America Local 20 in Kaukana, Wisconsin, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin to two years probation and ordered to pay $4,000 in restitution and a $200 special assessment. She had pleaded guilty in November to two counts of embezzlement from her union in the amount of $730.94. The sentencing follows a probe by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards. (OLMS, 3/23/2009).

Texas Office Manager Charged with Embezzlement, Conspiracy

On December 16, Sarah Crafts, former office manager of the Austin-based Texas Building and Construction Trades Council, was charged in U.S. District Court with one count each of embezzlement and conspiracy totaling $27,197, plus one count of embezzlement of $17,478.  The charges follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.  (OLMS, 1/9/09).  

 

 

Former Cleveland Local Secretary-Treasurer Indicted for Theft

On November 13, Willie Harris, former secretary-treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2823 in Cleveland, was indicted in the Court of Common Pleas of Cuyahoga County, Ohio for theft exceeding $5,000, misuse of a credit card, and unauthorized access to a computer.  The local represents employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs.  (OLMS, 11/21/08).

 

Ex-Administrator Sentenced for Role in Royalties Fraud Scheme

North Carolina Local Office Manager Pleads Guilty to Theft

On October 24, Krista Yeatts, former office manager of International Association of Machinists Local 2444, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina to embezzling union funds in the amount of $47,746.01.  She was charged in July.  The union is based in Winston-Salem.  The plea follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.  (OLMS, 11/5/08).

 

Ex-Bookkeeper in Cincinnati Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

Michigan Division Secretary-Treasurer Charged with Theft

On September 16, Charles Bohanon, former secretary-treasurer of Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen Division 1, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan with embezzling funds from the Petersburg, Mich. union in the amount of $18,074.23.  The charge follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.  (OLMS, 10/12/08).  


West Virginia Ex-Secretary Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

South Carolina Boilermakers Secretary-Treasurer Indicted for Embezzlement

On September 10, Joseph Michael Johnson, former secretary-treasurer of International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Lodge 687, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina on one count of embezzling $102,519 in funds from the Charleston Heights union.  The indictment follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.  (OLMS, 9/19/08).

 

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