On July 28, in the U.S. Dist. Ct. for Oregon, Joy Torrance, former ofc. secy. of Local 1094 of the United Bhd. Of Carpenters, was indicted for embezzling approximately $39,881 in union funds. The charge alleged that she wrote unauthorized pay checks to herself and third parties from the union's checking, savings and money market accounts. The charge further alleged that Torrance used the union's business credit card without authorization. The indictment follows an investigation by the Seattle Dist. Ofc.
On April 9, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, Timothy Aldridge, former president of Florence Steelworkers Local 1, pled guilty to one count of embezzling $112,525 in union funds. Aldridge had been indicted on April 9, 2003, following an investigation by the Cincinnati District Office of the U.S. Ofc. of Labor Mgmt. Standards. [OLMS, 5/6/04]
N.Y. state troopers raided Madison Square Garden (MSG) on Jan. 27, removing documents as well as cash from a private home.MSG officials kicked out several people -- Jim Arneman, the head of bldg. operations, chief electrician John O'Hara and chief stagehand Franklin DeSavino -- who were also suspended from their jobs.Law enforcement sources say that the investigation is focusing on possible no-show jobs arranged by the local affiliate of the Intl. Alliance of Theatrical & Stage Employees, and bid-rigging by officials of the electrical union. [New York Post, 2/12/04]