United Transportation Union Secretary-Treasurer in Ohio Sentenced

utu-logoOn October 28, Michael Zaborski, former secretary-treasurer for United Transportation Union Local 1962, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio to five years probation for embezzling $41,226.54 in funds from the Fremont, Ohio union. He also was ordered to pay outstanding restitution in the amount of $39,829. Zaborski had been indicted in May, and pleaded guilty in June. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Taxpayers Tally Losses as Treasury Exits GM Stake

money down the drainIt appears the time has finally come for the Obama Administration to end taxpayers’ forced investment in General Motors. Reports continue to roll in that Treasury is expected to sell its remaining stake by year-end. Of course, the news will be trumpeted as a great success by those responsible for the heist that cost taxpayers (along with creditors and shareholders of old GM) billions of dollars.

The final figures confirming how taxpayers fared will have to wait for the closing tally, but the estimated loss to those who footed the GM bailout bill is in the $10 billion range. A full retrospective view will reveal that the losses go far beyond that monetary sum. Worse yet, the money was spent to reward political allies that would, in return for the payoff, come out in force to secure President Obama’s reelection.

The hyperbolic spin by General Motors and the Obama … Read More ➡

Head of New Mexico Signalmen Local Indicted for Embezzlement

Railroad Signalmen logoOn October 29, Jacob Barkemeyer, former chairman and treasurer of Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen Local Lodge 172, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico for embezzling $8,131 in funds from the Las Lunas, N.M.-based union. The indictment follows an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

President, Vice President of West Virginia AFGE Local Plead Guilty

afge logo_0On October 22, Janet Posey and Linda Bland, respectively, president and former vice president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2384, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia to receiving funds in an amount of less than $1,000 from the Clarksburg, W.Va.-based union and then concealing the thefts in union records. The pair had been indicted in August. The union represents employees of the Clarksburg VA Medical Center. The actions follow a probe by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Investment Firm Chief Pleads Guilty to Attempted $3M+ Fraud of NBA Players Union

Derek Fisher and Billy HunterAt its peak, Prim Capital Corporation managed as much as $250 million in assets on behalf of the National Basketball Players Association. Yet the people in charge of this Cleveland-area investment firm had an unorthodox, and illegal, idea on how to keep its clients. Last Thursday, November 14, Joseph Lombardo, company founder and managing director, pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court to charges of mail fraud and obstruction of justice in connection with his attempt to forge signatures to retain a multi-year service contract with the players union. Two weeks earlier, on October 31, Prim Capital adviser Carolyn Kaufman was charged in a superseding indictment with perjury and obstruction of justice. These events are more than a little related to a power struggle within the New York-based association.

Union Corruption Update covered this story in detail in May. On April 25, federal prosecutors in Manhattan announced the indictment and … Read More ➡

Oklahoma AFGE Local Treasurer Pleads Guilty to False Record-Keeping

afge-shield-logoOn October 21, Shelly Roanhorse, former treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 3601, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma to one count of making false statement in the records of the Claremore (Rogers County), Okla.-based union. She had been indicted in September. AFGE Local 3601 represents employees at the federal government’s Indian Hospital in Claremore. The indictment and guilty plea follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

OPEIU Business Manager, Bookkeeper in Twin Cities Area Indicted

On October 8, Elizabeth Branca and Laurie Hoffman, respectively, ex-business manager and bookkeeper for Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 12, were indicted in U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota for their role in the embezzlement of $25,456 in funds from the Roseville, Minn.-based union. Hoffman was arrested on October 24; Branca turned herself in for arrest the next day. The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Glass Workers President in Texas Sentenced for Embezzlement

gmp-glassworkersOn October 1, Oscar Berry, former president of Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics and Allied Workers International Union Local 284, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas to a year and a day of incarceration and three years of supervised release for embezzling funds from the Longview, Tex. union in the amount of $124,181.77. He also was ordered to pay full restitution and a $100 special assessment. Berry had pleaded guilty in April. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Texas AFGE Local President Pleads No Contest to Theft

afge-shield-logoOn October 11, W.D. Whiting, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 1757, pleaded no contest in the 187th Judicial District Court of Bexar County, Texas, to one count of theft in the sum of between $500 and $1,500. He had been charged in February of stealing between $1,500 and $20,000 from the San Antonio union. The charge and guilty plea follow an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Utility Workers President, Secretary-Treasurer in Pittsburgh Area Indicted

utility-workers-logoOn October 8, John Vetterly Jr. and John Baranski, respectively, the former president and secretary-treasurer of Utility Workers Union of America Local 475, were indicted in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania for embezzling funds from the Pittsburgh-area union. Vetterly is accused of stealing $26,605; Baranski is accused of stealing $4,246. The indictments follow a probe by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

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