IATSE President in Virginia Sentenced for Fraud and Embezzlement

On December 19, Benjamin Wisecarver, former president of International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 264, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and embezzlement in the amount of $57,310 from the Hampton union. He had been indicted on multiple counts in October. The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and Office of Inspector General.

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IATSE Treasurer in Massachusetts Charged with Embezzlement

For almost a decade, Ivar Carlson used his union bank account as it were a personal one, and without anyone noticing. People now have noticed. On December 6, Carlson, former business agent and treasurer for International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local B-395, was arrested and then charged in U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts with one count of embezzling $37,014 in funds from the union, which represents workers at the DCU Center in Worcester. The charge follows an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

According to federal prosecutors, Carlson, now 58, a resident of Auburn, Mass., during March 2007-September 2016 used his positions at IATSE Local B-395 to write checks from the union bank account, cash the checks, and use the funds for unauthorized purchases. After appearing in court, he was released on conditions. He faces up to five years in prison, up to … Read More ➡

IATSE Officials in Virginia Sentenced for Fraud, Embezzlement

On November 28, Dennis and Dorian Nicely, respectively, former vice president and former business agent for International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 264, were sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia to 10 months in prison, to be followed by 180 days of home detention and three years of probation, for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and embezzlement from the Hampton, Va.-based union. The husband-and-wife couple also were ordered to pay the remaining $53,704 in restitution from the $57,310 stolen. Each had pleaded guilty in July after being charged in June. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and Office of Inspector General.… Read More ➡

IATSE Local President in Virginia Indicted for Embezzlement

On October 17, Benjamin Wisecarver, former president of International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 264, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on three counts of embezzlement, two counts of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy for his role in a scheme that embezzled $57,310 from the Hampton, Va.-based union. The indictment follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and Office of Inspector General.… Read More ➡

IATSE Secretary in Alabama Sentenced for Embezzlement

On September 28, David Hendricks, former secretary-treasurer of International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 900, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama to five years of probation for embezzling $13,987 from the Huntsville-based union. He also was ordered to pay full restitution and a $100 special assessment. Hendricks, a resident of Huntsville, had pleaded guilty in May following a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

IATSE Vice President, Business Agent in SE Virginia Plead Guilty to Fraud

On July 17, Dennis Nicely, former vice president for International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 264, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and embezzlement in the sum of $57,310 from the Hampton, Va. union. His wife, former Local 264 business agent Dorian Nicely, pleaded guilty to the same offense that day. Each had been charged in June following a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and Office of Inspector General.… Read More ➡

IATSE Officials in Southeast Virginia Charged with Fraud

On June 26, Dennis and Dorian Nicely, respectively, former vice president and former business agent of International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 264, were charged in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia with one count each of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and embezzlement of $57,310 in funds from the Hampton-based union. The charges against the husband-wife couple follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and Office of Inspector General.… Read More ➡

IATSE Exhibition Hall Boss In New York Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

iatse-logo_0On October 16, John McNamee Jr., president of International Alliance of Theatrical State Employees Local 829, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to embezzling $150,000 from the New York City-based union. He had been indicted in February for making about $240,000 in unauthorized charges on union credit cards and concealing the thefts by filing false financial reports to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). The local represents exhibition workers at New York-area sports and entertainment events. This criminal case is separate from an active civil suit filed in March by DOL against trustees of Local 829 benefit plans alleging gross mismanagement in the millions of dollars. The indictment and guilty plea by McNamee in the criminal case follow a probe by DOL’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

New York IATSE Boss Indicted; DOL Sues Benefits Trustees

iatse-logo_0For more than seven years, John McNamee, Jr. avoided getting caught. Then reality caught up. On February 15, McNamee, formerly president and secretary-treasurer of Stage and Picture Operators Local 829, an affiliate of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), was indicted in Manhattan federal court on charges of embezzling nearly a quarter-million dollars from the New York City union and filing false financial reports. The following day, on February 16, he was arrested and arraigned. The union is also on the hot seat in a much more expensive way. On March 14, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) filed suit against the trustees of the local pension plan, alleging they had conducted more than $3 million worth of illegal transactions since 2006 and had failed to perform due diligence in managing another $11 million in assets.

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