On December 9, in the U.S. Dist. Ct. for the Eastern Dist. of La., James Robinson, frmr. president of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1101, pled guilty to a one count information charging him with failing to maintain union records. The charge and guilty plea follow an investigation by the New Orleans District Office of the U.S. Ofc. of Labor Mgmt. Standards. [OLMS, 12/18/03]
Ex-Bookkeeper Sentenced for Embezzlement in NJ Federal Court
Sr. U.S. Dist. Judge William Standish (W.D. Pa., Reagan) sentenced John Dorrier on Feb. 28 to a year in prison and ordered him to repay $56,195 he stole from Local 66 of the Intl. Union of Operating Engineers. Dorrier must begin paying $1,000 a month in restitution after his release.
From 1993 through 1998, Dorrier cashed $137,645 in vouchers for fictitious picketers, of which he kept $41,795 for himself while he paid the rest to relatives and friends and to some of the supposed "picketers" to keep them silent after they received IRS tax forms for their false picketing payments. Dorrier pled guilty on Nov. 14 last year to embezzlement, forgery and tax evasion after a joint investigation by the Pittsburgh branch of the U.S. Ofc. of Labor-Mgmt. Standards and the Criminal Investigative Div. of the IRS. [OLMS 3/11/03, Butler Eagle 3/4/03]