Toymakers Secretary-Treasurer in NYC Sentenced for Role in Benefit Scheme

Johnnie Miranti wanted an opportunity to get back into action managing his union. A court said “no such luck.” On March 23, Miranti, former secretary-treasurer of Allied Novelty and Production Workers Local 223, a toymakers union, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to eight months of imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiracy to solicit and receive $138,500 worth of benefit kickbacks. He had pleaded guilty last August after being indicted in July 2015 along with his father, Rocco Miranti, and Louis Smith, former president of International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 810. Smith had been sentenced in January after pleading guilty last August to skimming more than $150,000 from the Local 810 health plan. Each union is based in New York City.

The Local 223 health plan, for its part, was not in the best of shape. By …

NYC Teamster President Sentenced for Role in Fraud and Kickback Scheme

Louis Smith won’t have to spend much in the way of prison time, but he will have to spend a lot more money.  On January 24, Smith, former president of the New York City-based International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 810, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to one year in prison, to be followed by two years of supervised release, for taking kickbacks as part of a conspiracy to fleece two union benefit plans out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.  He also was ordered to forfeit $151,481 in assets on top of the $213,264 he already had paid in restitution.  Smith, along with Johnnie Miranti, an officer with Allied Novelty and Production Workers Local 223, had pleaded guilty in August.  The pair, along with Miranti’s father, had been indicted in July 2015 following a joint probe by the FBI, the U.S. Labor …

NYC Bosses Plead Guilty to Benefit Plan Kickbacks and Fraud

bigstockphoto_new_york_4559731Benefit plans have become a preferred road to riches for many corrupt union leaders. Sometimes that road ends with a conviction.  Last month, two New York City union leaders – Louis Smith and Johnnie Miranti – pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York for their roles in a decade-long scheme to skim two union health plans out of hundreds of thousands and likely over a million dollars.  Smith, ex-president of International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 810, pleaded guilty on August 5 to soliciting and receiving kickbacks totaling $151,481.  Three days later, Miranti, an officer with Allied Novelty and Production Workers Local 223, pleaded guilty to receiving $138,500.  The pair, along with Miranti’s father, Rocco Miranti, had been indicted in July 2015 following a joint probe by the FBI, the U.S. Labor Department and the NYPD.

Union Corruption Update covered this case last August.  …

Three NYC Union Bosses Charged in 1M+ Kickback and Embezzlement Scheme

Benefit plans arguably have become the most lucrative source of illegal income in the world of organized labor.  Federal prosecutors in Manhattan don’t need to be reminded of that.  On July 1, New York City union officials Rocco Miranti, Johnnie Miranti and Louis Smith were arrested and indicted in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York for their roles in obtaining more than $1 million through kickbacks and theft from allied health plans.  The three defendants, respectively, are business manager of Allied Novelty and Production Workers Local 223, secretary-treasurer of Local 223, and ex-president of International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 810.  The actions follow a joint probe by the FBI, the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and Office of Inspector General, and the NYPD’s Organized Crime Investigation Division.

Allied Novelty and Production Workers Local 223 is based in Manhattan, and represents toy factory workers; Teamsters Local …