Former Officials of Philadelphia Local Plead Guilty to Thefts

On June 11 and 12, Lawrence Marable and Deborah Powell, respectively, the former president and treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 1793, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to one count of conspiracy, five counts of property theft, and one count of making a false statement.  Marable and Powell had conspired to convert $184,129.85 in dues and union checks for their personal use.  The local represents employees at the VA Medical Center in Philadelphia.  The guilty pleas follow a joint investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Inspector General.  (OLMS, 7/5/07).   


Michigan Local Treasurer Secretary Sentenced for Theft

On June 12, Linda Holden, former financial secretary of Local 6-639 of the Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical and Energy Workers International Union, was sentenced in U.S.

Secretary-Treasurer for Western Pennsylvania Local Indicted

A federal grand jury in Pittsburgh has indicted Stephen Kostelac on charges of embezzlement.  A resident of Fayette County, Pa., Kostelac, 51, secretary-treasurer of the Donora, Pa.-based Lodge 906 of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, is accused of stealing dues payments.  Prosecutors did not give a specific dollar amount.  (Tribune-Review, Greensburg, Pa., 11/30/06). 


Former Treasurer in Alabama Indicted for Embezzlement

On November 15, Kenneth Howell Mays, former treasurer for Local 1053 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, was indicted in federal district court for the Southern District of Alabama on one count of embezzling $37,197.50 in union funds.  He had written unauthorized checks to himself from the Demopolis local’s accounts.  The indictment follows an investigation by the Labor Department.  (OLMS, 12/1/06). 



Former Treasurer in Virginia Sentenced for Embezzlement

On November 21, Preston Nelson, ex-treasurer for Postal