Ohio Local Secretary-Treasurer Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

On September 11, William Pagano, former secretary-treasurer for National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 78, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio to one count of embezzling $66,759.18 in union funds.  The plea follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.  The local is based in Columbus.  (OLMS, 9/29/07). 


Texas Secretary-Treasurer Sentenced for False Record-Keeping

On September 20, Jose Ocasio, formerly secretary-treasurer for Branch 404 of the National Association of Letter Carriers, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas to two years probation and 240 hours of community service for making false entries in union financial records.  He had been charged in July.  The local union is based in Waco, Texas.  (OLMS, 9/29/07).  


Secretary of Denver Local Indicted for Embezzlement


Illinois President Re-Elected Despite Kickback Accusation

The word of Bill Dugan proved more believable than that of his accusers – at least to most members of International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150.  Dugan on August 25 was re-elected to his eighth term as president and business manager of the suburban Chicago local in the face of allegations from about 125 members that he’d been accepting monthly kickbacks of $100 each.  Receiving 61 percent of the vote, Dugan denied wrongdoing, insisting that a lawsuit filed earlier this year by dissenters against him was politically motivated.  Still, the lawsuit remains in force, which suggests that the dissenters, led by challenger Joe Ward, might have a point or two.  The 22,000-member Local 150, based in Countryside, Ill., represents operators of cranes, backhoes, bulldozers and other equipment in Illinois, Indiana and Iowa.  (Chicago Tribune, 8/28/07).  


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