CWA Local Secretary-Treasurer in Maryland Indicted for Theft

On July 6, Fonda White, former secretary-treasurer of Communications Workers of America Local 2390, was indicted in the Circuit Court for Prince George County, Maryland (suburban Washington, D.C.) on one count of theft of property with a value of at least $10,000 but less than $100,000, one count of embezzlement, and two counts of theft of property with a value of more than $1,000 but less than $10,000 from the Maugansville (near Hagerstown), Md. union. The indictment follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Former Chrysler Exec, Widow of Auto Workers V.P. Indicted in $1.2 Million Ripoff

With a certain reluctance, Chrysler Corporation accepted the Obama administration’s forcible transfer in 2009 of company stock to the United Auto Workers. The Auburn Hills, Mich.-based automaker now is feeling an aftershock. On July 26, Alphons Iacobelli, the company’s former labor negotiator, and Monica Morgan, the widow of UAW Vice President General Holiefield, were indicted in Detroit federal court for defrauding the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center of $1.2 million over several years. Prosecutors allege Iacobelli, who left Chrysler in 2015, wrote checks from a center bank account to a shady nonprofit controlled by Holiefield, whose wife used much of the pilfered funds for shopping sprees. Iacobelli and Morgan have pleaded not guilty. Another ex-Chrysler official, Jerome Durden, was charged separately; he pleaded guilty yesterday.

Those who follow the U.S. auto industry remember all too well those dark days of nearly a decade ago, when Chrysler and General Motors were heading … Read More ➡

Atlanta-Area Transportation Union Secretary Sentenced for Theft

On July 7, Jay Roy, former secretary-treasurer of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation (SMART) Local 1245 – Transportation Division, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia to two months in prison and two years of probation for embezzling funds from the Locust Grove, Ga.-based union, and was ordered to pay $83,417 in restitution plus a $100 special assessment. Roy had pleaded in March to one count of theft in the amount of $2,125, though he had stolen far more. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Treasurer of Baltimore AFGE Local Sentenced for Wire Fraud

Sometimes the U.S. Department of Labor has to investigate its own employees for union corruption. That’s why Lon Sullivan is now an ex-employee. On June 28, Sullivan, former treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 644, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware to three years of probation and 200 hours of community service for wire fraud against the Baltimore union. He also was ordered to pay $59,809 in residual restitution, having already paid $37,000. Sullivan, a Delaware resident who had worked for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, had pleaded guilty in February immediately after being charged. The actions follow a probe by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and Office of Inspector General.… Read More ➡

Illinois Postal Workers President Charged with Embezzlement; Pleads Guilty

On July 7, Lonzell Moore, former president of American Postal Workers Union Local 1730, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois with one count of embezzling $18,857 from the Des Plaines, Ill. union. Five days later, on July 12, he pleaded guilty. The charge and plea follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Michigan Local Steelworkers Treasurer Charged with Theft

On June 27, Kimberly Steinhoff, former treasurer of United Steelworkers Local 87, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan with one count of embezzlement in the amount of $12,751 from the Munising (Upper Peninsula)-based union. The charge follows a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Boilermakers Secretary in SE Virginia Indicted for Embezzlement

On June 21, Tamika Bullock, former secretary-treasurer of International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Local 684, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on one count of embezzling $24,600 in funds from the Chesapeake-based union. The indictment follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Long Island AFGE President Charged with Theft; Pleads Guilty and Receives Sentence

On June 22, Jeanette Willoughby, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2009, was charged in Nassau County (N.Y.) District Court with embezzling $2,487 in funds from the Garden City union. She then pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to a (suspended) one-year sentence. She also was ordered to pay full restitution. The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Illinois Teamsters Local President, Secretary Indicted for Thefts

International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 50 for the past year has been operating on tight leash imposed by union headquarters in Washington, D.C. Members now have a clearer idea why. On June 20, Scott and Nancy Alexander, respectively, former president and former office administrator of the Belleville, Ill.-based union, were indicted in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois for embezzlement and fraud related to the disappearance of thousands of dollars of union funds. The charges follow an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards. Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa had imposed a trusteeship on the local last July.

Scott Alexander was president of the 2,400-member Teamsters Local 50. His wife, Nancy, was office administrator of the union, located in Belleville, across the river from St. Louis, Mo. Their combined income was about $200,000 – until they, along with four other union officers, were replacedRead More ➡

Cleveland-Area Utility Workers Vice President Pleads Guilty; Sentenced

Arthur Boedecker, all things considered, got off pretty lightly. On June 20, Boedecker, former vice president of Utility Workers Union of America Local 270, pleaded guilty in the Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Court of Common Pleas to one count of aggravated theft from the Brooklyn Heights-based union. He then was sentenced to a jail term of three days and fined $500. Boedecker had been indicted last September for money laundering and six months earlier for receiving unauthorized payments from the union in the amount of $40,203. The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

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