Los Angeles Ex-Councilman, Union Leader Sentenced

The redemption of Martin Ludlow continues.  On June 5, the former member of the Los Angeles City Council and secretary-treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor was sentenced in U.S. District Court to five years probation and 2,000 hours of community service for diverting Service Employee International Union Local 99 funds to pay for his 2003 City Council run.  He also will have to make $36,400 in restitution to the union.  Former Local 99 President Janett Humphries still faces various charges.  (OLMS, 6/13/06).           


Former Bookkeeper in Philadelphia Sentenced for Theft

On May 30, Darnell Smith, formerly bookkeeper for SEIU Local 36, was sentenced in Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas to one to two years in prison, followed by five years probation, for embezzling from the union.  He also was ordered to pay more than $70,000 in restitution.

Washington State Bookkeeper Charged with Theft to Go on Trial

One side calls it embezzlement; the other calls it a rookie mistake.  Either way, Kimberly Solheim has been through a learning experience.  The former bookkeeper for Division 402 of the Local Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers in Pasco, Washington, is set to go on trial in federal court on January 23 for embezzling nearly $15,000 from the union.  Prosecutors maintain that she diverted the funds into her own account during July 2001-July 2003.  “The union has no source of income other than the dues, and it only has one account,” said U.S. Attorney Gregory Shogren. “She was acting as bookkeeper and wrote checks to herself and her husband.”  But her husband, Kurt Solheim, is making a case that his wife never intended harm.  “It was a clerical error that spun out of control,” he said.  “She wasn’t aware of all the federal