On December 12, 2002, in the U.S. Dist. Court for South Dakota, Jo Ann Vaughn, frmr. treasurer of the Intl. Alliance Theatrical, Stage & Picture Operators Local 220, pled guilty to one count of embezzling approximately $33,000 (not exceeding $29,000 in union funds). Vaughn had pled not guilty on October 22 to one count of embezzlement and one count of fraud for causing a false report to be made. She will be sentenced on March 10, 2003. The charges were brought following an investigation by the Minneapolis Resident Investigator branch of the U.S. Ofc. of Labor-Mgmt. Standards. [USAO, SD 12/12/02: DOL OLMS 12/19/02]
On Sept. 25, 2002, in the U.S. Dist. Ct. for the Eastern Dist. of Calif., Jeremias Lopez, former business manager of Laborers Local 220, was sentenced to ten months confinement followed by twelve months of supervised release, ordered to pay $10,814 in restitution to the union's bonding company, ordered to pay a special assessment of $25, and ordered to be subject to regular drug testing. The court recommended that the sentence be served at the Turning Point drug/alcohol rehabilitation center in Bakersfield.
On July 10, 2002, Lopez pled guilty to falsifying union records and admitted embezzling receipts from the Laborers Intl. Union of N. Amer. of between $10,000 and $30,000 following an investigation by the Los Angeles branch of the U.S. Ofc. of Labor-Mgmt. Standards. [DOL OLMS 10/3/02]
Ex-MI Pres. Admits Theft from Defunct Union Isador Hampton, frmr. president of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 835, pled guilty on Oct. 3 to embezzling $10,389 from the union, even after it was merged into another Local. Hampton entered his plea in the U.S. Dist. Ct. for the East. Dist. of Mich.