Massachusetts Contractor Pleads Guilty to LIUNA Benefit Fraud, Tax Evasion

pension-ripoffRonald Mulcahey often paid his employees in cash.  Now he’s preparing to pay a price of a different kind.  On October 25, Mulcahey, proprietor of a number of environmental services firms in the Boston area, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts to defrauding his employees of scheduled benefits.  One of his companies had a collective bargaining contract in force with a local of the Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA).  By paying certain employees off the books through a pair of identical nonunion companies, he was able to underreport benefits and avoid applicable federal taxes.  The guilty plea follows a joint investigation by the IRS and the U.S. Labor Department’s Employee Benefits Security Administration.  Sentencing is set for January 19.

In the construction industry there is a widespread practice, known as double-breasting, in which the owner of a unionized business sets up one …

AFGE Secretary-Treasurer in Denver Charged with Embezzlement

afge-shield-logoOn October 11, Violet Lamorie, former secretary-treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 695, was charged in U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado with embezzling more than $70,000 from the Denver union, which represents employees of the U.S. Mint plant in that city.  The charge follows a probe by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Relations and the Treasury Department’s Office of Inspector General.…

Civilian Technicians Secretary at Fort Knox Sentenced

fort-knoxOn October 11, Steve Hartman, former secretary-treasurer of Association of Civilian Technicians Chapter 83, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky to two years of probation and 50 hours of community service for forging a security in the amount of $2,173 from the Fort Knox union.  He also was ordered to perform 50 hours of community service and pay a $100 special assessment.  Hartman had been charged in June, at which time he pleaded guilty.  He previously had paid restitution in the amount of $13,208.  The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.…

Unions Step Up Attack on Right to Work Legislation

right-to-workFor decades, unions in America have asserted what they see as their right to extract dues from non-joining workers.  Lately, they’ve gotten creative in challenging state Right to Work laws that protect such workers.  Earlier this month they lost a ballot initiative in South Dakota to overturn that state’s longstanding law.  In Wisconsin the story was different.  Union leaders persuaded a county judge in April to overturn a similar law enacted last year at the urging of Gov. Scott Walker, though the State did manage to obtain a hold on the order.  And in West Virginia, labor chieftains in August won an injunction to suspend Right to Work legislation passed months earlier over Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s veto.  All this carries extra significance in the wake of the September death of Reed Larson, long the embodiment of the Right to Work principle.

Unions in this country often claim that employers …

Mail Handlers Stewards in Detroit Sentenced for Theft

mail-handlers-logoOn October 6, Jeffrey Velfing and John Crosby, respectively, former chief steward and former assistant steward of National Postal Mail Handlers Union Local 307, were sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan to identical sentences of two years of probation, a $1,000 fine and a $100 special assessment for embezzling funds from the Detroit union.  Each already had paid full restitution in the amount of $6,758.  Velfing and Crosby had pleaded guilty in June after being indicted in April.  The actions follow a joint probe by the U.S. Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General, and the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and Office of Inspector General.…

NE Ohio Steelworkers Treasurer Indicted for Theft, Forgery

steelworkers-logoOn October 4, Adele Dewey, former treasurer of United Steelworkers Local 811, was indicted in the Ashtabula County, Ohio Court of Common Pleas on one count of theft in the amount of $4,224 and one count of forgery against the Andover, Ohio union.  The charges follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.…

Plumbers Bookkeeper in Boston Pleads Guilty to Theft; Sentenced

plumberreduced_8On September 26, Esther LaFontant, former bookkeeper for United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 12, pleaded guilty in Suffolk County Superior Court (Mass.) to three counts of larceny totaling $154,857 and one count of concealing the thefts from the Boston-based union.  Four days later, on September 30, she was sentenced to one year of incarceration and 10 years of probation, and ordered to make full restitution.  LaFontant had been charged in March following an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.…

North Carolina Bakery & Tobacco Workers Treasurer Charged; Pleads Guilty

bakery-tobacco-workers-logoOn September 26, William Galloway III, former treasurer of Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union Local 192T, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina in an information count with filing a false financial report on the Reidsville, N.C. union.  He pleaded guilty the next day.  The actions follow a probe by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.…

Security Professionals Secretary in Kentucky Pleads Guilty; Sentenced

spfpaOn September 26, Laura Cloyd, former financial secretary of Security, Police and Fire Professionals of America Local 112, pleaded guilty in the Campbell County, Kentucky Circuit Court to one count of felony theft and one count of misdemeanor theft from the Alexandria, Ky.-based union.  A month later, on October 25, she was sentenced to three years of diversion and ordered to pay $1,669 in restitution.  The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.…

Government Workers President in Pennsylvania Charged; Pleads Guilty

nffe-logoOn September 26, John Kauffman Jr., former president of National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE) Local 1442, a Machinists affiliate, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania with a one-count information for mail fraud in an unspecified sum from the Chambersburg, Pa.-based union.  He then pleaded guilty.  The actions follow a probe by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.…

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