Cincinnati Contractor Associate Pleads No Contest to Fraud

On January 22, Michael Griffie, an associate of a Cincinnati-area contractor, Electrical Innovations, pleaded guilty in Hamilton County, Ohio Court of Common Pleas to one count of unauthorized use of property.  He had been charged back in March with aggravated theft of property or services worth at least $100,000 from International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 212, and with tampering with market recovery forms and forging market recovery fund forms for the purpose of defrauding the local.  The no-contest plea follows an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.  The co-owners of Electrical Innovations, Rachetta Johnson and Charlene Monroe, were sentenced last September to five years probation and 500 hours of community service after pleading guilty to theft by deception.  (OLMS, 1/25/07).


Ex-Office Manager in Minnesota Sentenced for Embezzlement

On January 8, Kathryn Stark, former office manager for IBEW Local 31, was sentenced

Missouri Local Ex-President, Treasurer Convicted of Theft

Mary Love and Danna France knew the value of teamwork – at least when it came to embezzling from their union.  Their combined take came to around $70,000.  Love, 51, a resident of northwest suburban St. Louis, during October 1998-December 2005 served as president of Local 96 of the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents workers at the Jefferson Barracks and John Cochran VA hospitals.  During that time, the U.S. Attorney’s Office charged, she diverted more than $43,000 in union checks toward personal use.  On November 15, a federal jury convicted Love of theft and filing false records.  For her part, France, 42, who pleaded guilty in October, stole more than $26,000.  France is due for sentencing in January; Love is due in February.  (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/17/06). 


Chicago-Area Business Manager Sentenced for Stealing

On November 8, Andrea

Ex-Local Treasurer in Virginia Charged with Embezzlement

On July 27, Preston Nelson, formerly treasurer of National Postal Mail Handlers Union Local 305, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia with one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $13,547.26.  The charge follows an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.  The Richmond, Va.-based Local 305 represents mail handlers in Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.  (OLMS, 8/4/06). 


Former Financial Secretary for Buffalo-Area Local Pleads Guilty

On July 18, Richard Takacs, ex-financial secretary for Operative Plasterers & Cement Masons International Association Local 9, pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of making false entries in union records.  He admitted the purpose of his falsification was to conceal advance salary payments he made to himself.  Local 9 is based in Tonawanda, N.Y., a suburb of Buffalo.  (OLMS, 8/4//06).