Los Angeles Ex-Councilman, Union Leader Sentenced

The redemption of Martin Ludlow continues.  On June 5, the former member of the Los Angeles City Council and secretary-treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor was sentenced in U.S. District Court to five years probation and 2,000 hours of community service for diverting Service Employee International Union Local 99 funds to pay for his 2003 City Council run.  He also will have to make $36,400 in restitution to the union.  Former Local 99 President Janett Humphries still faces various charges.  (OLMS, 6/13/06).           


Former Bookkeeper in Philadelphia Sentenced for Theft

On May 30, Darnell Smith, formerly bookkeeper for SEIU Local 36, was sentenced in Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas to one to two years in prison, followed by five years probation, for embezzling from the union.  He also was ordered to pay more than $70,000 in restitution.

Wisconsin Ex-Local President Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

On January 13, Rebecca Bandt, ex-president of Local 717 of the United Food & Commercial Workers, pled guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of embezzling union funds totaling more than $14,000.  She had been indicted on a variety of charges in September.  The guilty plea follows an investigation by the Labor Department.  (OLMS, 2/3).


Ex-Local President in Chicago Charged with Embezzlement

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago has charged Dianna K. Rushing, formerly president of Association of Flight Attendants Local Executive Council 8, with embezzling $10,452 in union funds during 2003.  (Chicago Tribune, 2/7). 


Former Secretary-Treasurer in Virginia Sentenced

On January 17, Linda Y. Brown, formerly secretary-treasurer for Local Lodge 57 of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia to six months of home detention and five years of