On December 10, Danny E. Beyser, former financial secretary for Local 1638 of the United Mine Workers, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia to one year and one day of incarceration and three years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay $80,135.40 in restitution to the union.Beyser, 52, a resident of Moundsville, W.V., pleaded guilty to embezzlement in October.He has paid back some of the money, but still owes more than $54,000. The plea and sentencing follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.(Associated Press, 12/12/07; OLMS, 12/22/07).
On June 5, James A. Pulsifer, a certified public accountant, was sentenced to one year of probation and fined $1,000 for knowingly making false entries in the annual Labor Department reporting form of the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA).In the course of making accounting adjustments, he had misclassified some $500,000 in union expenditures.SPEEA officers who signed the report believed it was free of errors and in compliance with federal regulations.Pulsifer was charged in November and pleaded guilty in February.The union, based in Seattle, represents professional employees of Boeing, BAE Systems and other aerospace companies.The action comes in the wake of an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.(OLMS, 6/15/07).
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