Nicholas J. Torpea

Ex-Oakland President Indicted for Embezzlement

On Sept. 18, Clyde L. Spearman, former president of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 1206, was indicted in the U.S. Ct. for the Northern Dist. of California, on two counts of bank fraud.  The indictment stated that between Sept. 1998 and May 2001, Spearman embezzled approximately $15,000 in union funds by writing unauthorized checks against the unions bank account.  Spearman served as president of the Martinez, California Local from early 1997 until March 2001, when he was suspended for financial misconduct.  In December 2001, following an internal AFGE proceeding, Spearman was removed from office and barred from membership for 13 years.  The current indictment follows a joint investigation by the San Francisco branch of the U.S. Ofc. of Labor Mgmt. Standards and the Veterans Affairs Departments Inspector Generals Office. [OLMS, 9/25/03]

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