On Sept. 25, 2002, in the U.S. Dist. Ct. for the Eastern Dist. of Calif., Jeremias Lopez, former business manager of Laborers Local 220, was sentenced to ten months confinement followed by twelve months of supervised release, ordered to pay $10,814 in restitution to the union's bonding company, ordered to pay a special assessment of $25, and ordered to be subject to regular drug testing. The court recommended that the sentence be served at the Turning Point drug/alcohol rehabilitation center in Bakersfield.
On July 10, 2002, Lopez pled guilty to falsifying union records and admitted embezzling receipts from the Laborers Intl. Union of N. Amer. of between $10,000 and $30,000 following an investigation by the Los Angeles branch of the U.S. Ofc. of Labor-Mgmt. Standards. [DOL OLMS 10/3/02]
Ex-MI Pres. Admits Theft from Defunct Union Isador Hampton, frmr. president of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 835, pled guilty on Oct. 3 to embezzling $10,389 from the union, even after it was merged into another Local. Hampton entered his plea in the U.S. Dist. Ct. for the East. Dist. of Mich.
On Dec. 7, U.S. Magistrate Judge Steven Pepe (E.D. Mich.) signed a criminal complaint that charging Isador Hampton and Willie Lyons, ex-president and financial secretary, respectively, of United Auto Workers Local 835 in Warren, Mich., with embezzling union funds.
According to an affidavit in support of probable cause from Dep't of Labor investigator Anthony Fritz, Hampton received approximately $10,389 in union funds between Mar. and Sept. 2000 as compensation to which he was not entitled. Allegedly, Hampton knowingly received and cashed for his own use, nine checks drawn on Local 835's account as payment for unauthorized compensation and expenses as follows :$1,099 for unauthorized salary, $1,300 for duplicate salary, $1,040 for duplicate vacation pay, $400 for advance salary, $750 for undocumented expenses, $3,200 for unknown expenses, and $2,600 unexplained. Similarly, Lyons allegedly obtained $500 in unauthorized expenses via four checks. In DOL interview, Lyons admitted that he was not entitled to the $500 and offered to make full restitution.