Union Corruption Update

Laborers Bookkeeper in Los Angeles Sentenced for Theft

LIUNA logoOn September 14, Sergio Rascon Jr., former bookkeeper assistant for Laborers International Union of North America Local 300, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California to one year of probation and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment for embezzling $2,417 from the Los Angeles union.  Rascon had pleaded guilty in June.  The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and Office of Inspector General.

Washington State Carpenters Local Secretary Sentenced

Carpenters logoOn September 9, John Jones, former financial secretary of United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners Local 59, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington to two months in federal prison and three years of supervised release for embezzling more than $12,000 in funds from the Spokane-based union.  He also was ordered to pay $10,762 in remaining restitution and a $100 special assessment.  Jones had pleaded guilty in June.  The actions follow a probe by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

AFGE Local President in Texas Sentenced for Theft

AFGE logoOn September 9, Paul Florez, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 3922, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas to 180 days of home confinement and five years of probation for stealing from the El Paso-based union, which represents employees at the local VA Hospital.  He also was ordered to pay $44,878 in restitution and a $5,000 fine.  Florez had pleaded guilty in June after being charged last December with theft in the amount of $59,709.  The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

BMWE Secretary-Treasurer in Kansas City, Mo. Sentenced

BMWE logoOn September 3, Jeremy Bolte, former secretary-treasurer of Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Lodge 800, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri to five years of probation for embezzling $12,500 from the Kansas City, Mo.-based union, which represents area workers for BNSF Railway.  He also was ordered to pay full restitution and a special assessment of $1,000.  Bolte had pleaded guilty in October 2014 to 10 counts of embezzlement upon being charged.  The actions follow an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Baltimore AFSCME Local President Indicted for Theft

AFSCME logoOn September 1, Betty Robinson, former president of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 2751, was indicted in the Circuit Court for the City of Baltimore, Maryland on one count of theft of at least $10,000 but less than $100,000 from the Baltimore union.  The indictment follows a probe by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Detroit-Area Operating Engineers Local President Pleads Guilty

IUOE logoOn September 2, Steven Minella, former president and business agent of International Union of Operating Engineers Local 324, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan to one count of failing to report to appropriate authorities the commission of extortion by another official of the Bloomfield Hills, Mich. local.  Minella had been charged in June following a joint investigation by the FBI, the IRS and the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards, Office of Inspector General, and Employee Benefits Security Administration.

Former Member of UAW Local in Louisiana Pleads Guilty

United Auto Workers logoOn September 2, Danny Rawls, former member of United Auto Workers Local 2297, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana to one charge of making a false statement to a Labor Department investigator.  Back in March, Rawls, along with Local 2297 Vice President Gregory Hill, had been indicted on nine counts related to aiding and abetting embezzlement in excess of $12,000, uttering forged checks, and conspiracy to commit forgery against the Shreveport-based union.  The actions follow an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

AFGE Local Bosses in Minnesota Charged with Theft

AFGE logoThe alleged amounts may be modest, but they amount to a twofer all the same.  On August 31, Dean Johnson, former president of the Minneapolis-based American Federation of Government Employees Local 899, was charged in Hennepin County Court of Minnesota with theft in the sum of $2,036.  That same day Edward Barker, former Local 899 vice president, was charged in the same court with theft in the sum of $1,790.  The alleged thefts by Johnson occurred during January 2013-August 2013, while those by Barker occurred during March 2013-July 2013.  The charges follow a joint investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and the Minneapolis Airport Police.

Pennsylvania Teachers Official Pleads Guilty to Thefts; Sentenced

NEA logoFor five years, Rae Dawn Grillo embezzled union funds.  She’s now going to spend the next five years under close supervision.  On August 27, Grillo, formerly treasurer of the Charleroi Area Education Association, pleaded guilty in the Court of Common Pleas of Washington County, Pennsylvania (near Pittsburgh) to thefts from the union totaling $65,963.  She then was sentenced to nine months of electronic home monitoring, five years of probation and 200 hours of community service.  She also was ordered to repay residual restitution in the amount of $8,175.  Grillo had been charged in February following a joint investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and Office of Inspector General.

Ironworkers Bookkeeper in Illinois Charged with Records Fraud

Iron Workers logoOn August 25, Michelle Misso, former bookkeeper of Iron Workers Local 63, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois with one count of making a false entry in the financial records of the Broadview, Ill. (suburban Chicago) union.  The charge follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and Office of Inspector General.

Syndicate content