Ralph Mabry’s career as a union leader ended more than two years ago when he was convicted of obtaining an illegal discount on the construction of his home.Now another questionable arrangement from bygone days is coming back to haunt the former executive secretary-treasurer of the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters.Late in November, Mabry’s lawyer, James K. Robinson, confirmed in a court filing that his client was under federal investigation for his role in an alleged kickback scheme involving the investment of union funds in a Biloxi, Mississippi casino. Mabry remains free on bond while he appeals his earlier conviction and sentence to the U.S. Supreme Court.
If only Ralph Mabry had been a little more patient about moving into his dream home.Mabry since 1997 had served as executive secretary-treasurer of the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights.For most of that time he operated under a cloud of suspicion; the FBI and the Labor Department’s Office of Inspector General, starting in 1999, had jointly probed financial irregularities surrounding the construction of Mabry’s $803,000 residence in Grosse Pointe Park.Mabry, along with Council President Anthony Michael, two years ago was indicted for conspiring to obtain a $127,800 discount from contractors under false pretenses.On September 25, standing before U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman, Mabry learned his fate:a two-year prison sentence and a $50,000 fine.Michael received a one-year, one-day sentence and a $3,000 fine. Both men had been convicted by jury in late February for solicitation and receipt of prohibited payments.
Ralph Mabry thought he was getting a steal of a deal to build his GrossePointePark dream home.He was right – but not in the way he’d anticipated.Mabry is executive secretary and treasurer of the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights, representing around 23,000 journeymen carpenters, millwrights and apprentices.He and the council’s former executive director and president, Anthony Michael, are about to stand trial in federal court for using their position to obtain a $120,000 discount from construction companies to work on the $803,000 home.The case is in the jury-selection phase.