Union Corruption Update

Ex-Boston Bus. Mgr. Arrested on Racketeering Charges

The former Business Manager of Tunnel Workers Local 88 was arrested on Feb. 4 on federal racketeering charges.  Scott Boidi, age 46, of Pembroke, Massachusetts, is charged with one count of Racketeering, three counts of Embezzlement of Union Assets, one count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine, one count of Use of a Communication Facility in Furtherance of a Crime, one count of Carrying a Firearm During and in Relation to a Drug Trafficking Crime; and two counts of Witness Tampering. 

 

Frmr. Iowa Secy.-Treasurer Charged with Embezzlement

A Dubuque postal union official has been charged with embezzlement and theft of labor union assets.  Debra Herrig, 47, was charged Feb. 7 in the U.S. Dist. Court in Cedar Rapids.  The U.S. attorney's office said Herrig allegedly stole money and other assets from the American Postal Workers Union Local 2339 from about October 1996 until about August 2002.

NYC Union Bosses Target Manhattan D.A.

Ex-judge Leslie Crocker Snyder, who has yet to formally announce her bid to unseat veteran Manhattan Dist. Attny. Robert Morgenthau, already boasts an impressive lineup of union endorsements.  The Captains Endowment Association, the Detectives Endowment Assn., NY State Court Officers Assn. and the Uniformed Fire Officers Assn. were among those who publicly backed Snyder at a news conference in mid-Jan.

 

RI Laborers Offices Searched as part of Drug Smuggling Investigation

R.I. state and federal agents arrested a capo in the Patriarca crime family on Jan. 20 and also searched offices of the Laborers' International Union in Providence, along with a Cranston concrete company that has employed the mobster as well as the son of a top state judge.  Matthew Guglielmetti Jr. is accused of agreeing to protect a major shipment of cocaine passing through RI en route to Canada.

 

2 Buffalo-Area Goons Convicted of Extortion

Two members of Laborers Local 91 in Niagara Falls were convicted of attempted extortion on Jan. 21 after a trial in federal court.  A jury convicted Steven Markle and Anthony Cerrone of involvement in a punching and stomping attack on tile setters who were working at a Wegmans supermarket site in Niagara Falls on Sept. 16, 1998.

 

Ex- Ofc. Secy Admits Embezzlement in Iowa Federal Court

The ex-office secy. for Local 3 of the Bricklayers Intl. Union pled guilty on Dec. 23 to embezzling over $200,000.  Amanda Kemmer entered her plea in the U.S. Dist. Court for the Sou. Dist. of IA.  She was employed as Local 3's ofc. secy. from June 1997 through April 2004.  Kemmer had full responsibility for maintaining the local’s financial records including check stubs, disbursement and receipt ledgers, monthly financial reports and payroll records. She was also responsible for collecting dues and other receipts, issuing duplicate receipts, and making deposits.

 

Frmr. NYC Union Boss Admits Stealing Funds to Buy Gifts for Castro

A former exec. of the agency that collects royalties for the American Federation of Musicians admitted on Jan. 17 that he stole $200,000 to buy jewelry, a trip to Cuba and expensive champagne for Fidel Castro.  Enex Steele pled guilty in Manhattan's state Supreme Court to second-degree grand larceny, admitting that he stole money from the union fund into which recording companies pay royalties that are forwarded to recording artists.

 

Ex-Chicago Boss Charged with Embezzlement

John "Buddy" Ruel liked a good time.   He'd slap down a credit card to pay for booze, items from an adult toy shop, limousine rides, even an escort service.  The only problem was that the credit card wasn't his.  It belonged to the Chicago Ironworkers District Council, a powerful union group that Ruel headed for years.

 

Union Racketeer Sentenced in NY Fed. Court

Amid little fanfare, one of New York's most powerful labor racketeers was packed off to an upstate federal prison earlier in Jan. to begin a six-and-a-half-year sentence for bribery and conspiracy, reports Tom Robbins of the Village Voice.  Louis Moscatiello pled guilty to six counts of bribery and racketeering, including his participation in the Genovese crime family.

 

Frmr Pres. Admits Embezzlement in Del. Fed. Court

On January 20, in the U.S. District Court for Delaware, Gary Miller, former president of Local 2372, United Auto Workers, pled guilty to the embezzlement of union funds in excess of $5,000. Miller was indicted on October 12, 2004, following an investigation by the Philadelphia District Office of the U.S. Ofc. of Labor Mgmt. Standards. [OLMS, 1/29/05]

 

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