Oklahoma Woman Sentenced for $450K+ Ripoff of Operating Engineers Benefits

Some people don’t learn from experience. Susan Tyson seems to be one of them. On January 23, Tyson, former bookkeeper for an Oklahoma City firm, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma to three years in prison for stealing $467,352.43 from a benefit plan sponsored by International Union of Operating Engineers Local 627. She also was ordered to pay $309,996 in restitution, a sum reflecting her previous repayment of more than $150,000 held in escrow. Tyson had pleaded guilty last June after being charged earlier that month in an information count. The actions follow a probe by the FBI, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the U.S. Labor Department’s Employee Benefits Security Administration, and various state and local law enforcement agencies.

Susan Michelle Tyson, now 51, a resident of Yukon, Oklahoma, worked as a bookkeeper for Zenith American Solutions, Inc., an Oklahoma City-based company which managed … Read More ➡

NYC-Area Teamster Council Is Now a ‘Sanctuary Union’; Defies Immigration Law

It’s official: The Teamsters are involved in organized crime. No, it’s not the Old School variety, where the union farms out its dirty work to the Mafia. It’s the kind where the union subverts immigration law and calls it social justice. And it might succeed. Earlier this month, International Brotherhood of Teamsters Joint Council 16, representing about 120,000 workers mainly in the New York City area, sponsored a series of seminars on how to thwart Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) workplace raids for the purpose of arresting unauthorized immigrants. The campaign, supported by the AFL-CIO, follows a council resolution of last September. Council President George Miranda stated then: “Our members can be confident that we stand behind them 100 percent regardless of where they were born or what kinds of papers they have.”

For years, labor unions in this country have been trying to rewrite immigration law. Back in April … Read More ➡

Machinists Secretary in Maine Sentenced for Embezzlement

Ryan Jones pushed his luck too far. Now he’s about to experience the downside. Two days ago, February 12, Jones, former secretary-treasurer of International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local Lodge S6, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of Maine to 18 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for embezzling more than $280,000 in funds from the union, which represents a large number of employees at the Bath Iron Works shipbuilding facility. He also was ordered to make full restitution. Jones had pleaded guilty last September after being indicted in August. The actions follow a probe by the FBI, the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and Bath local police.

Jones, now 35, a resident of Bath, had served as secretary-treasurer of his union from 2009 until January 2017, when he failed to win re-election. According to prosecutors, he … Read More ➡

Ex-Chrysler Executive, UAW Official Widow Plead Guilty in Training Fund Scandal

Al Iacobelli was generous to a fault, especially come bargaining time. Prosecutors were unimpressed. On January 22, Iacobelli, a former vice president of Fiat Chrysler, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan to conspiracy and tax fraud, part of a scheme in which he diverted an estimated $1.5 million from a Chrysler-United Auto Workers training center to himself and others. A little over two weeks later, on February 6, Monica Morgan, widow of the late UAW vice president General Holifield, pleaded guilty to tax evasion. Iacobelli and Morgan had been indicted last summer along with ex-Chrysler official Jerome Durden and ex-union negotiator Virdell King. The actions follow a probe by the FBI, the IRS and the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and Office of Inspector General.

Union Corruption Update has covered this scandal since the handing down of the initial indictments last July (see … Read More ➡

North Dakota Heat and Frost Insulators Business Manager Pleads Guilty

On January 24, John Bickerstaff, former treasurer and business manager of International Association of Heat & Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Local 133, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota to one count of embezzling funds from the Bismarck-based union in the sum of $91,223. Bickerstaff had been charged in September 2016 with one count of embezzling $70,659, plus one count each of filing a false financial report and concealing records. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Building and Construction Trades Bookkeeper in West Virginia Indicted

On January 23, Joan Matthews, former bookkeeper for the Charleston Building and Construction Trades Council, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia for embezzling $183,667 in funds from the council, an affiliate of the AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department. The charge follows an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Dallas-Ft. Worth Transport Workers Secretary Sentenced for $400K Embezzlement

On January 22, Matt Smith, former secretary-treasurer of Transport Workers Union Local 576, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas to 10 months in prison and one year of supervised release for embezzling funds from the Hurst-based union. He also was ordered to pay $300,848 in restitution and a $100 special assessment. Smith had pleaded guilty in October, two days after being indicted that month for embezzling $399,499. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Plumbers Office Manager in Arkansas Sentenced for $400K+ Theft

Jeni May Hughes ripped off hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of more than a decade. She’s lucky to be facing incarceration for a far shorter stretch. On January 19, Hughes, former office manager for United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 155, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas to 30 months in prison and three years of supervised release for embezzling $428,874.47 from the Little Rock union. She also was ordered to make full restitution plus a $100 special assessment. Hughes had pleaded guilty last May after being charged the month before in a one-count information. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Now 51, Jeni May Hughes, a resident of Jacksonville (Pulaski County), Ark., served as office manager of the roughly 900-member local for more than 15 years. Her duties included collecting and … Read More ➡

Ohio Glass Workers Secretary Sentenced for Embezzlement

On January 19, Guy Gokey, former financial secretary for Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics and Allied Workers Local 59, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio to three years of probation, and ordered to pay $2,753 in restitution, for embezzling funds from the Toledo union. He had pleaded guilty last July to embezzling $14,074 after being charged in August 2016. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Steelworkers Treasurer in Wisconsin Charged with Embezzlement

On January 17, Cheryl Angell, former treasurer of United Steelworkers Local 2-144, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin with one count of embezzling $98,711 from the Combined Locks (Fox Cities region), Wisc. union and four counts of filing false financial reports to conceal her thefts. Angell, a resident of nearby Kaukauna, allegedly stole the money during 2013-17. The charges follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡