Steelworkers President in Northern Pennsylvania Charged

On February 14, Daniel Guthrie, former president of United Steelworkers Local 10-583, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania on one count of embezzling $8,189 in funds from the Bradford, Pa.-based union.  The charge follows an investigation by the U.S. labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.…

Steelworkers Local Secretary in Ohio Pleads Guilty to Theft

On February 17, Adele Dewey, former secretary-treasurer of United Steelworkers Local 811, pleaded guilty in the Ashtabula County, Ohio Court of Common Pleas to one count of theft in the amount of $4,224 and one count of forgery against the Andover, Ohio-based union.  She then was sentenced to 30 days of incarceration (suspended) and one year of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $250 fine and perform 40 hours of community service.  Dewey already had paid full restitution.  She had been charged last October.  The actions follow a probe by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.…

NE Ohio Steelworkers Treasurer Indicted for Theft, Forgery

steelworkers-logoOn October 4, Adele Dewey, former treasurer of United Steelworkers Local 811, was indicted in the Ashtabula County, Ohio Court of Common Pleas on one count of theft in the amount of $4,224 and one count of forgery against the Andover, Ohio union.  The charges follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.…

Ex-President of Steelworkers Local in Oklahoma Sentenced

steelworkers-logoOn September 7, Jason Leach, former president of United Steelworkers Local 13-669, was ordered in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma to pay a $100 fine and a $25 special assessment for theft of funds from the Pryor Creek, Okla.-based union in the amount of $2,524.  He had pleaded guilty in May after being charged in April.  His brother, Jeremy Leach, former secretary-treasurer of the local, had been given the same punishment this August after pleading guilty in May in a superseding indictment for stealing $3,111.  The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.…

Steelworkers Secretary-Treasurer in Oklahoma Sentenced

steelworkers-logoOn August 26, Jeremy Leach, former secretary-treasurer of United Steelworkers Local 13-669, was ordered by U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma to pay a $250 fine and a $25 assessment for making false statements related to his thefts from the Pryor Creek, Okla.-based union.  Leach had pleaded guilty in May after being charged in April in a superseding indictment for stealing $3,111.  In the same case, his brother, former local president Jason Leach, pleaded guilty in May to stealing $2,524.  The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.…

Secretary of Ohio Steelworkers Local Indicted

steelworkers-logoOn August 31, Marchelle Harvey, former financial secretary of United Steelworkers Local 67T, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania on one count of embezzling funds from the East Palestine, Ohio-based union in the amount of $10,095.  Harvey committed the alleged thefts in Pennsylvania.  The indictment follows a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.…

Louisiana Steelworkers Local Secretary-Treasurer Sentenced

steelworkers-logoOn September 1, Todd Culley, former secretary-treasurer of United Steelworkers Local 103, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana to two years of probation for embezzling funds from the St. Francisville, La. union.  He also was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $91,926, plus a $3,000 fine and a $100 special assessment.  Culley had pleaded guilty in late April after being charged two weeks earlier.  The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.…

Steelworkers Boss in Northern Ohio Charged with Theft, Fraud

steelworkers-logoFor most union officials, a strike is a last-ditch opportunity to gain bargaining leverage. For David Sager, former president of United Steelworkers Local 5000, it appears to have been an opportunity to increase his personal wealth through a series of illegal schemes. On September 14, Sager was indicted in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio on nine counts of embezzlement, plus 18 counts of mail fraud, one count of obstruction of justice and one count of making false statements to law enforcement. He then pleaded not guilty and was set free on bond.  “This defendant betrayed the union membership he promised to represent,” said U.S. Attorney Carole Rendon. The charges follow a joint investigation by the IRS and the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

United Steelworkers Local 5000, based in Middleburg Heights, Ohio, in suburban Cleveland, represents about 100 employees of various Great Lakes shipping …

Steelworkers President in Northern Indiana Sentenced for Theft

images_11__45On August 29, Donn Pendergrass, former president of United Steelworkers Local 1191, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana to two years of probation for embezzling funds from the Mishawaka, Ind.-based union. He also was ordered to pay $33,435 in restitution and a $100 special assessment. Pendergrass had pleaded guilty in May after being charged last December. The union represented workers at the now-closed Allegheny Technologies metal casting plant in LaPorte. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.…

Los Angeles-Area Steelworkers Local Officials Indicted for Theft

images_11__46On July 1, Joan Dutton and Tatia Clark, respectively, former president and former financial secretary of United Steelworkers Local 2801, were charged in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California in a four-count indictment for conspiracy, aiding and abetting, embezzlement, and concealment in relation to their theft of $15,935 in funds from the Signal Hill, Calif.-based union.  The charges follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.…

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