On December 14, Josefina Suarez Gonzalez, ex-president of AFGE Local 1662, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona to five years probation and ordered to pay $27,405 to her union.Gonzalez had pleaded guilty back in June to one count of embezzling union funds following an indictment back in October 2004.The union represents employees at the Brown & Root Logistics facility at Fort Huachuca Army Base, not far from Tucson.The sentencing follows an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.(OLMS, 12/23/06).
New Jersey Financial Secretary Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement
Janett Humphries, the former Service Employees International Union official in Los Angeles accused of embezzlement and perjury, has pleaded not guilty.She’s facing a pair of court visits on federal and local charges.As president of SEIU Local 99 during 2002-03, Humphries allegedly stole more than $80,000 in union funds.Well over $30,000 of that money went for the election campaign of former Los Angeles City Councilman Martin Ludlow under the listing of payroll and cell phone expenses.She also embezzled union funds for travel expenses for children and friends.Humphries is scheduled for trial in the federal case July 25; she’s due back to face local charges on August 16.Ludlow already has pleaded guilty in federal court for his participation in the scheme, and in June received five years probation, and was ordered to serve 2,000 hours of community service and make restitution in the amount of $36,400. (City News Service, 6/21/06).