The word “troubled” doesn’t even begin to describe the Teamsters’ Central States Pension Fund. “Desperate” is more like it. Last Friday, May 6, the Treasury Department announced that it had rejected a restructuring proposal submitted by plan trustees last September to avert collapse. The proposal, which would have cut benefits on average by 22 percent for about two-thirds of all participants, did not go over well with Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa and other union officials. Yet they are cornered by reality. As of last fall, liabilities exceeded assets by $17.5 billion, a gap widening by $2 billion a year. The plan is projected to go bankrupt in 10 years. A federal bailout likely would make things worse. Central States Executive Director Thomas Nyhan is reviewing alternatives.
For Jimmy Deamicis, union organizing was a license to extort and defraud. Now he’s found out the wages of his misguided thinking. On March 23, Deamicis, a former member of now-defunct International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 82, was sentenced in Boston federal court to a year and a day in confinement and another year of probation for his participation in a racket in which union members forced cash and other tribute from businesses, especially exhibitors at Boston-area trade shows. He had been convicted by a jury in November on three counts of extortion; later in the month he pleaded guilty to three counts of mail fraud and one count of theft of government funds. He also was ordered to pay $42,091 in restitution and a $700 assessment. The actions follow a Labor Department probe.
James “Jimmy the Bull” Deamicis had been indicted in September 2012 along with three other members … Read More ➡
On March 30, Johnny Wilson, former financial secretary-treasurer for Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1338, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas with one count of embezzling $120,352 in funds from the Dallas-based union. He then pleaded guilty. The charge and guilty plea follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
A deceased fellow union member was William Davis’ ticket to the good life. It now might be his ticket to prison. On April 6, Davis, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 1119, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to one count of wire fraud in connection with his theft of funds from the Montrose (Westchester County), N.Y. union. The local represents employees of the VA Hudson Valley Health Care System’s FDR Campus. He had been indicted last October for wire fraud and making false statements in union financial records following a joint investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Office of Inspector General.
William Davis, a resident of Wappingers Falls, N.Y., served as president of his union during roughly January 2008-October 2012. For most of that time, he used a union-issued … Read More ➡
On March 29, James Adams, former secretary-treasurer of United Transportation Union Local 427, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi to one count of making false statements in financial records of the Byram, Miss.-based local. Adams had been indicted last October for embezzling $45,043 in union funds as well as records fraud. The national union is now known as the Transportation Division of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation (SMART). The guilty plea follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
On March 24, Simiel Campbell, former president of Transport Workers Union Local 2014, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois to one count of making a false statement in a union financial statement. He had been charged in a superseding indictment this March after his original indictment in December 2013 for embezzling $19,433 in funds from the Chicago union. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
On March 17, Arthur Boedecker Jr., former vice president of Utility Workers Union of America Local 270, was indicted in the Court of Common Pleas, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, for receiving unauthorized payments from the Brooklyn Heights union in the amount of $40,203. The indictment follows a probe by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
Considering what she had been accused of stealing, Sharon Holmes should consider herself lucky. On March 15, Holmes, former secretary-treasurer of American Postal Workers Union Local 807, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina to one count of embezzling $41,823. She had been indicted last September not only for embezzlement in this amount, but also for wire fraud in the sum of $178,330. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
David M. Lewis for a while seemed as resourceful in his billing as he was in his drilling. But in the end, the Sacramento dentist was too clever by a half. On January 11, Lewis pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California to defrauding a Teamster-sponsored health care plan for United Parcel Service employees out of at least $1 million in unnecessary or nonexistent work. He had been indicted on 18 counts in February 2014 following a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Inspector General and Employee Benefits Security Administration, plus the California Attorney General’s Office and Dental Board. A former Lewis employee, Nichol (Ramirez) Lomack, earlier had pled guilty.
According to court documents, Lewis, now 62, in late 2008 or early 2009 began targeting UPS employees for dental work who had 100 percent coverage, with no annual limit, under the Northern California Teamsters … Read More ➡
On March 14, Timothy Casperson, former treasurer of National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 249, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan to one year of probation for embezzling $9,650 in funds from the Menominee (Upper Peninsula) union. He also was ordered to complete 200 hours of community service, and to pay a $500 fine and a $100 special assessment. Casperson already has paid restitution in the amount of $10,062. Casperson pleaded guilty last December following his indictment last June. The actions follow a probe by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡