Union Corruption Update

Ex-Indiana Dem Chief Sentenced for Union Embezzlement

Ex-Indiana Democrat party chief Peter Manous received the minimum sentence for his eight-count guilty plea to pension fund theft -- 27 months in prison, two years of supervised released and $200,000 in fines. U.S. Dist. Judge Robert L. Miller Jr [N.D. IN, Reagan) rejected Manous’ plea to depart even further from the federal sentencing guidelines, sticking closely to the recommendation made by U.S. Attorney Joseph Van Bokkelen.


Accountants Sentenced for Falsification in DC Fed. Court

On October 5, in the U.S. Dist. Court for the Dist. of Columbia, Francis Massey, former partner in the accounting firm of Thomas Havey LLP, was sentenced to six months home detention by electronic monitoring, two years supervised probation, and 100 hours of community service.  In addition, Massey was ordered to pay a $30,000 fine and restitution to the U.S. Office of Labor-Mgmt. Standards (OLMS) in the amount of $5,000.  His sentence was reduced due to his assistance in the ongoing investigation of the Intl. Assn. of Iron Workers union.  On August 22, 2002, Massey pled guilty to one count of aiding and abetting a conspiracy to make false statements and to defraud the Government and the union.  

Ex-Secy.-Treasurer Charged with Embezzlement in Penn. Fed. Court

On October 18, in the U.S. Dist. Court for the Middle Dist. of Pennsylvania, an information was filed against Robert Moon, the former secretary-treasurer of the Westfield Tanning Employees Association, charging him with embezzlement of at least $15,000 in union funds. The charge follows an investigation by the Philadelphia Dist. Office of the U.S. Ofc. of Labor-Mgmt. Standards. [OLMS, 11/2/04]


Ex-President Sentenced in Va. Fed. Court

On October 19, in the U.S. Dist. Court for the West. Dist. of Virginia, James L. Power IV, former president of the Virginia Loomis Fargo Employees Union, was sentenced to a suspended six-month incarceration and placed on two years probation for one count of filing a false report and one count of failure to file reports in order to conceal his embezzlement.  The sentence for each count will run concurrently.  Power was ordered to attend mental health treatment, make full restitution of $7,300, pay a $50 special assessment, and complete 200 hours of community service. On July 23, he pled guilty to the charges following an investigation by the Washington Dist. Ofc. of the U.S. Ofc. of Labor Mgmt. Standards.

Recent Charges against Chicago Boss Implicated by Ex-Teamster Watchdog

Reputed mob bookie and Teamster member Nick LoCoco, already charged with personally abusing a Chicago hired truck program, is now under federal investigation along with other union members for allegedly shaking down people who wanted full-time city jobs or to improve the city jobs they already have, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned.


Chicago Teamsters Local on the Hot Seat once Again

A Teamsters local run by John Coli, one of Chicago's most powerful union bosses, is facing renewed allegations that one of Coli's underlings has an "organized crime association."  The underling's father allegedly knows reputed Outfit boss John DiFronzo, according to sources and documents obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times.


NY Trusteeship to End, Another Doyle Takes Over

Twenty one months after the Intl. Bhd. of Teamsters seized control of Elmsford, NY, Local 456, charging the local was run as a fiefdom by and for the Doyle family, the local will be returned to self-governance with another Doyle as president.  Ballots went out this week to formalize the election of Edward Doyle Jr. as president of the Local that has been operating under a union-appointed trustee since last year.


Doyle was the only nominee for the post.


Yet Another ILA Boss Indicted for Racketeering

Albert Cernadas, has become the latest and highest-ranking official of the Intl. Longshoremen's Assn. to be indicted on federal racketeering charges.  The ILA's exec. v.p. was indicted in Brooklyn earlier this month on charges of extortion, conspiracy, and mail and wire fraud conspiracy.  The indictment expanded previous charges against Harold Daggett, the union's assistant general and president of the ILA's New York/New Jersey maintenance local, and Arthur Coffey, an ILA vice president who is the union's top official in Miami.


Cernadas is also president of the ILA Local 1235 in Newark, N.J.  He and Daggett have been mentioned as potential candidates to succeed ILA President John Bowers.

Chicago-Area Boss 'Fesses up to Graft

After denying for months that he did anything wrong, the longtime boss of a Chicago area machinery-moving union pled guilty Oct. 20 to illegally accepting a $19,000 Harley Davidson motorcycle from a pension fund consultant.  The plea deal with the U.S. attorney's office means Fred Schreier not only faces up to three years in prison but also a fine of as much as $250,000 when he's sentenced in February.


Disgraced ex-DC Union Boss Pressured Award of City Contract, Auditor Says

Barbara A. Bullock, the former president of the Washington Teachers' Union, and Joy Arnold, a former top aide to D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams, pressured a city agency head to award a $296,500 contract to a friend of Bullock's, according to a D.C. auditor's report released Oct. 6.  Charles F. Holman III, who was director of the D.C. Office of Human Rights in 2001, accused Bullock and Arnold of directing him to award a noncompetitive contract for legal work to the firm of Curtis Lewis, the brother of former union treasurer James O. Baxter II.  


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