On December 14, Josefina Suarez Gonzalez, ex-president of AFGE Local 1662, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona to five years probation and ordered to pay $27,405 to her union.Gonzalez had pleaded guilty back in June to one count of embezzling union funds following an indictment back in October 2004.The union represents employees at the Brown & Root Logistics facility at Fort Huachuca Army Base, not far from Tucson.The sentencing follows an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.(OLMS, 12/23/06).
New Jersey Financial Secretary Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement
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).