Missouri Local Ex-President, Treasurer Convicted of Theft

Mary Love and Danna France knew the value of teamwork – at least when it came to embezzling from their union.  Their combined take came to around $70,000.  Love, 51, a resident of northwest suburban St. Louis, during October 1998-December 2005 served as president of Local 96 of the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents workers at the Jefferson Barracks and John Cochran VA hospitals.  During that time, the U.S. Attorney’s Office charged, she diverted more than $43,000 in union checks toward personal use.  On November 15, a federal jury convicted Love of theft and filing false records.  For her part, France, 42, who pleaded guilty in October, stole more than $26,000.  France is due for sentencing in January; Love is due in February.  (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/17/06). 


Chicago-Area Business Manager Sentenced for Stealing

On November 8, Andrea

New Orleans Chieftain Indicted for Submitting False Reports

On August 10, Lorraine Payton, former president of the National Federation of Federal Employees, Veterans Administration Council, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on two counts of making false reports.  Payton was accused of underreporting union income.  According to the indictment, she reported getting $11,515 from the council in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2000, plus another $6,000 in calendar year 2001.  Her actual incomes for the two periods, respectively, were $18,123 and $55,821, with secret payments going for checks, debit card and credit card transactions.  The indictment follows an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.  (OLMS, 8/18/06; other sources).


Ex-President of Rochester Local Sentenced for Embezzlement

On August 14, Lynn Lanphear, former president of Local 503M of the Graphic Communications International Union (GCIU), was sentenced to five years of supervised probation and 100

Ex-Local President in Virginia Sentenced for Embezzlement

On May 22, Tina Buracker, formerly president of Communications Workers of America Local 82174, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to five years in prison to be followed by five months home detention and three years probation.  She also will have to make $51,554.15 in restitution to the union.  Ms. Buracker pleaded guilty to embezzlement in March.  Local 82174 is based in Shenandoah, Va.  The sentencing follows an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.  (OLMS, 6/1/06).  


Former Financial Secretary in New Jersey Indicted for Theft

On May 9, Marie-Elena Clayton, ex-financial secretary for Glass Molders & Plastics Union Local 236A, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey on one count of embezzlement of $41,126 in union funds, and one count of not turning in union records.  (OLMS, 6/1/06).


Pittsburgh-Area Financial Secretary Indicted for