Iron Workers Business Manager in Washington, D.C. Pleads Guilty

On February 24, Juan Carlos Recinos, former business manager and secretary-treasurer for International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers Local 201, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to one count of fraud against seven fellow union members in the sum of $26,900. He had been indicted last March for defrauding these individuals out of $18,700. The scheme involved false assertions by Recinos about the need for the employees to forward a portion of their back pay awards to an unnamed “attorney.” Rather than forward the collected funds, he simply kept the money. Local 201 represents public works employees, including those at the District of Columbia’s Blue Plains Wastewater Treatment Plant, where Recinos and the others worked. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and Office of Inspector General.… Read More ➡

Twin Cities Locomotive Union Treasurer Pleads Guilty; Sentenced

On February 23, William Winecke, former treasurer of the Soo Line Locomotive and Car Foreman’s Association, pleaded guilty in the Dakota County (Minnesota) District Court to one count of theft by swindle from the Apple Valley, Minn.-based local.  He then was sentenced to 30 days of home confinement and four years of probation, and ordered to pay undetermined restitution on top of the $29,000 he already paid, plus $504 in court fees.  Winecke had been charged last August with theft in the amount of $41,036 over a more than three-year period.  The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

AFGE Treasurer in Delaware Charged with Fraud; Pleads Guilty

Lon Sullivan’s thefts apparently went a good deal further than initial reports had indicated. On February 28, Sullivan, former treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 644, was charged in U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware in an information count with wire fraud in the amount of $8,647 from the Baltimore-based union. He then pleaded guilty and agreed to pay $96,809 in restitution. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and the Office of Inspector General.

Court records show that Sullivan, a resident of Delaware, while treasurer of AFGE Local 644, wrote union checks payable to himself and others. He had been an employee of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), part of the Labor Department. The presiding judge in Wilmington has scheduled a June 28 sentencing date. Prosecutors are recommending leniency based on Sullivan’s acceptance of responsibility.… Read More ➡

CWA Financial Secretary in Ohio Sentenced for Embezzlement

On February 22, Aaron Contreras, former secretary-treasurer of Communications Workers of America Local 84749, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio to 16 months in prison and three years of supervised release for embezzling $42,700 from the Fostoria, Ohio union. He also was ordered to pay full restitution. Contreras had pleaded guilty in October after being charged in September. The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and the Fostoria Police Department.… Read More ➡

Steelworkers President in Northern Pennsylvania Charged

On February 14, Daniel Guthrie, former president of United Steelworkers Local 10-583, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania on one count of embezzling $8,189 in funds from the Bradford, Pa.-based union. The charge follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

South Carolina Boeing Workers Reject Machinists Union Representation

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) has never lacked for persistence. But after more than seven years of trying to organize workers at the Boeing assembly plant in North Charleston, S.C., it has little choice right now but to lay low. On February 15, three-fourths of the employees at the facility, which builds the Boeing Dreamliner 787 commercial jet, voted against union representation. The vote also represents a rebuke to the National Labor Relations Board, which back in December 2011 dropped an Unfair Labor Practices complaint against the company in the wake of an IAM victory in contract talks. Significantly, the vote came one day before a visit by President Donald Trump, who has made domestic manufacturing a top priority issue.

Union Corruption Update covered this test of wills more than once in 2011, explaining the implications of the South Carolina situation for labor-management relations throughout … Read More ➡

Maryland Contractor Sentenced for Role in $1.7M+ LIUNA Scam

For a while, Gary Cooper had a lucrative deal going with Laborers International Union of North America Local 657 – until his business partners were caught.  On February 27, Cooper, principal owner of a Greenbelt, Md.-based building contractor, STS General Contracting, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to 68 months in prison for his role in embezzling more than $1.7 million in funds from the union, at the time based in Washington, D.C.  He also was ordered to pay the union $1.632 million in restitution and forfeit $1.734 million in illegally-derived proceeds.  Two other defendants, Anthony Frederick and Christopher Kwegan, were sentenced last month for their offenses.  The actions follow a joint probe by the FBI and the Labor Department.

According to prosecutors, Cooper, now 57, a resident of Kettering, Md., along with co-defendant area real estate agent and STS co-owner Christopher Kwegan, conspired with … Read More ➡

Wisconsin Heat & Frost Insulators Business Manager Charged

Teresa Adkins got greedy.  And she likely will get a prison sentence for her trouble.  On February 16, Adkins, former business manager of Heat and Frost Insulators Local 127, was charged in Waupaca County, Wisconsin Circuit Court with one count of theft and nine counts of forgery in the disappearance of more than $35,000 in funds from the Clintonville, Wisc.-based union, and possibly a lot more.  The complaint read:  “…(T)he defendant utilized her position and access to union funds to appropriate various amounts of money for her own purposes ranging from reimbursing herself for underperformed services and using a union charge card for personal purchases for both goods and services.”  The charges follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Adkins, now 46, a resident of Green Bay, served as business manager of International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Local 127 from … Read More ➡

Steelworkers Local Secretary in Ohio Pleads Guilty to Theft

On February 17, Adele Dewey, former secretary-treasurer of United Steelworkers Local 811, pleaded guilty in the Ashtabula County, Ohio Court of Common Pleas to one count of theft in the amount of $4,224 and one count of forgery against the Andover, Ohio-based union. She then was sentenced to 30 days of incarceration (suspended) and one year of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $250 fine and perform 40 hours of community service. Dewey already had paid full restitution. She had been charged last October. The actions follow a probe by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

SPFPA President in Michigan Sentenced for Embezzlement

On February 15, Devon Madray, former president of Security, Police and Fire Professionals of America (SPFPA) Local 119, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan to five years of probation, and ordered to pay $20,097 in restitution and a $100 special assessment, for embezzling funds from the Roseville, Mich. union.  He had pleaded guilty last October after being indicted in July.  The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

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