On February 17, Adele Dewey, former secretary-treasurer of United Steelworkers Local 811, pleaded guilty in the Ashtabula County, Ohio Court of Common Pleas to one count of theft in the amount of $4,224 and one count of forgery against the Andover, Ohio-based union. She then was sentenced to 30 days of incarceration (suspended) and one year of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $250 fine and perform 40 hours of community service. Dewey already had paid full restitution. She had been charged last October. The actions follow a probe by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
On February 15, Devon Madray, former president of Security, Police and Fire Professionals of America (SPFPA) Local 119, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan to five years of probation, and ordered to pay $20,097 in restitution and a $100 special assessment, for embezzling funds from the Roseville, Mich. union. He had pleaded guilty last October after being indicted in July. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
On February 14, Clementine Ray, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2109, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas on one count of wire fraud in an unspecified sum from the Temple-based union. The charge follows a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
On February 8, Michael Mathis, former secretary-treasurer of Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen Division 34, was charged in the Franklin County, Ohio Court of Common Pleas with one count of theft in the amount of $5,784 from the Columbus-based union. The charge follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
Ken Hall is breathing easier. But his union, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, isn’t quite out of the woods yet. On February 17, former federal prosecutor Joseph diGenova, the union’s special independent investigator, withdrew obstruction charges against Hall, the IBT’s general secretary-treasurer and number two man behind General President James P. Hoffa. In a letter to the union general counsel, diGenova wrote that Hall “did not play a personal role” in withholding over 32,000 documents, including emails, related to corruption probes. The Teamsters, which had finalized a settlement with the Justice Department in January 2015 to phase out over two decades of tight federal supervision, remains under scrutiny. That’s not good news for Northern California Teamster leader Rome Aloise.
Christopher Kwegan wasn’t a union man. But right now he no doubt is regretting his dealings with one union in particular. On February 8, Kwegan, a real estate closing agent and co-owner of a Greenbelt, Md. consulting firm, STS General Contracting, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to four years in prison, three years of probation and 120 hours of community service for his role in various schemes to divert at least $1.7 million in funds from the Washington, D.C.-based Laborers International Union of North America Local 657 to STS. He also was ordered to pay $1,632,000 in restitution, the identical sum required of convicted co-defendant Anthony Frederick, who headed the union. Former STS principal owner Gary Cooper also was convicted in the case. The actions follow a joint probe by the FBI and the Labor Department.
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One could say Harold Gilberson caught a lucky break: He’s not going to prison. On February 7, Gilberson, former president of Utility Workers Union of America Local 127, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming to six months of home confinement and five years of probation for embezzling $179,052 in funds from the Casper-based union. He also was ordered to pay $158,953 in restitution plus a $100 special assessment. Gilberson had agreed to plead guilty last November following a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards. He subsequently pleaded guilty in early December.
According to prosecutors, Gilberson, 63, an employee at a power plant in Rock Springs, Wyo., during 2011-15 charged a large number of personal items on his union credit card and then falsified the transactions in union financial statements. A subsequent Department of Labor investigation yielded the conclusion that Gilberson had … Read More ➡
On January 30, Keith Christopherson, former business manager for International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators Local 34, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota to four months of incarceration, to be followed by two years of supervised release, for embezzling funds from the St. Paul-based union. He also was ordered to pay $67,714 in restitution and a $100 assessment. Christopherson had pleaded guilty in August to one count of embezzlement after being charged in an information in July with stealing the far lower figure of $2,081. Former local financial secretary Scot McNamara also was charged in July; he pleaded guilty in December to embezzling $8,871. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
On January, 26, Michael Schofield, former secretary-treasurer of Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Local 1046, entered an amended guilty plea in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois to embezzlement of $31,850 from the Plainfield, Ill.-based union. In the latest action, which vacates his guilty plea last June to one count of falsifying financial records, Schofield pleaded guilty to wire fraud and making an unauthorized loan. Sentencing is set for March 21. The earlier and current plea follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
On January 26, Carmen Martinez, former treasurer of Bet Tzedek Legal Service Union Local 946, an affiliate of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California to one count of embezzling funds from the Los Angeles union in the amount of $19,070. AFSCME Local 946, along with its sister union, Local 800, has a collective bargaining agreement (and a barely sustainable one at that) with Bet Tzedek, a progressive-oriented nonprofit affiliate of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡