California Dentist Sentenced for Teamster Benefit Ripoff

teamsters-logoDavid Lewis enriched himself in ways that neither the dentistry profession nor Teamster members recognized – or liked.  Several months ago, he learned the high price of his actions.  On May 5, Lewis, a Sacramento-based dentist, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California to three years and 10 months in prison, and fined $75,000, for skimming at least $1 million from a union-sponsored health plan covering employees of United Parcel Service.  He had pleaded guilty in January after being indicted on 18 counts in February 2014.  The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Inspector General and Employee Benefits Security Administration, plus the California Attorney General’s Office and the state’s Dental Board.

Union Corruption Update discussed this case several months ago.  According to federal prosecutors, Lewis, now in his early 60s, back in late 2008 or early 2009 developed a … Read More ➡

Indiana Local Firefighters Secretary-Treasurer Sentenced

firefighters-logoOn August 18, John Springer, former secretary-treasurer of the Gary Professional Firefighters Association, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana to three years of probation, including three months of home detention, for three counts of wire fraud totaling $30,315.99 from the Gary-based union.  He also was ordered to pay full restitution.  He had worked out a plea agreement in March after being indicted last August.  The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Inspector General.

Springer, now 54, a resident of Indianapolis, headed the Gary Professional Firefighters Association, also known as International Association of Fire Fighters Local 359, during January 2007-December 2012.  According to prosecutors, starting in January 2008, he used his position to divert local funds for personal use.  Springer used $12,741 of the stolen money to pay for his children’s tuition at a private school and another $9,075 … Read More ➡

SMART Transportation Secretary-Treasurer in Mississippi Sentenced

smart-logoOn August 26, James Adams, former secretary-treasurer of the Transportation Division of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation (formerly the United Transportation Union) Local 427, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi to five years of probation for making false statements in records of the Byram, Miss.-based union in connection with his embezzlement of more than $45,000.  He also was ordered to pay full restitution and perform 124 hours of community service.  Adams had pleaded guilty in March after being indicted last October.  The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Ohio Letter Carriers Treasurer Pleads Guilty to Theft

letter carriers logoOn August 18, Jeanette Bowman, former treasurer of National Association of Letter Carriers Local Branch 280, pleaded guilty to theft in the Marion County (Ohio) Court of Common Pleas to theft in the amount of $16,347 from the Marion, Ohio-based union.  The guilty plea follows a probe by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

UAW Local President in Indiana Indicted for Embezzlement

steelworkers-logoOn August 17, Michael Bennett, former president of United Auto Workers Local 2317, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana on three counts of wire fraud and three counts of embezzlement for stealing more than $100,000 in funds from the Lafayette, Ind. union.  He allegedly made out 170 checks to himself, forging the local treasurer’s signature, and then either cashed the checks or deposited them in his own bank account.  UAW Local 2317 represents about 700 employees at Fairfield Manufacturing.  The charges follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Ex-IBEW Office Manager in Texas Charged with Embezzlement

ibewlogoOn August 16, Jennifer Cruise, former office manager for International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 520, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas with two counts of embezzling funds from the Austin-based union in the amount of $12,750.  The charge follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

AFGE Secretary-Treasurer in Washington, D.C. Charged with Theft

afge logo_0On August 12, Wanda Rosenboro-Correa, former secretary-treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2798, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia with theft from the Washington, D.C.-based union in an amount of more than $1,000.  The charge follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

States Sue Labor Department Over Coercive Overtime Rule

department-of-labor-logoIn the name of fairness, the Obama administration this May issued a final rule dramatically raising the maximum base pay under which salaried employees can qualify for overtime status.  Unfortunately, this move could give fairness a bad name.  Last Tuesday, September 20, officials in 21 states filed suit in Plano, Texas federal court to enjoin the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) from enforcing the rule, which is set to take effect December 1.  The suit, led by Attorneys General Ken Paxton (Texas) and Adam Laxalt (Nevada), is challenging the rule on grounds that it usurps congressional authority and invites job losses.  “Once again, President Obama is trying to unilaterally rewrite the law,” said Paxton in a prepared statement.  “And this time, it may lead to disastrous consequences for our economy.”

Union Corruption Update analyzed this issue nearly four months ago.  On May 18, the Department of Labor’s Wage … Read More ➡

Amalgamated Transit Union Secretary in Texas Sentenced for Theft

atu-logoOn August 11, Johnny Wilson, former financial secretary-treasurer of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1338, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas to 18 months of confinement and two years of supervised release for embezzling $120,352 in funds from the Dallas-based union.  He also was ordered to pay full restitution plus a $100 special assessment.  Wilson had pleaded guilty in March immediately after being charged.  The actions follow a probe by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Letter Carriers Officer in Michigan Charged; Pleads Guilty

letter carriers logoOn August 25, Brian Cisek, former sergeant-at-arms for National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 56, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan to one count of embezzling approximately $500 in funds from Grand Rapids union.  He had been charged on August 10.  Sentencing is scheduled for December 12.  The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

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