On July 24, J.D. Richey, former secretary-treasurer of Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Division of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local Lodge 3025, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana with embezzling funds in an unspecified amount from the Fort Wayne union. The indictment follows a probe by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.
On July 23, Robert Davis, former secretary-treasurer of Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) Division 644, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois for embezzlement of $27,712 in funds from the Galesburg union. BLET is a Teamsters affiliate. The indictment follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.
On July 18, Johnny Torres Jr., former secretary-treasurer of Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics & Allied Workers International Union Local 259, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas to one count of embezzling funds from the Waco-based union in the amount of $9,947. He had been indicted in May. The indictment and guilty plea follow a probe by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.
On July 17, Timothy Harper, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2326, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois to three months in prison and three months of supervised home confinement for theft in the amount of $15,837 from the Great Lakes, Ill.-based union. He also was ordered to make full restitution. Harper had pleaded guilty in April. The union represents employees at Naval Station (NAVSTA) Great Lakes, which is located north of Chicago near Waukegan. The actions follow an investigation by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.
Richard "Buzzy" Dressel apparently saw his union as a source of free income for his girlfriend. That the two are now married hasn't impressed federal prosecutors. Last November 15, Dressel, business manager for International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 164, along with the local president, John DeBouter, were arrested and then indicted in Newark federal court on eight counts of embezzling a combined roughly $350,000 from the Paramus, N.J.-based union and its apprenticeship fund. Nearly two weeks later, Dressel and DeBouter each pleaded not guilty. A court spokesperson informed Union Corruption Update today that lawyers have scheduled a status conference for September 5. A status conference typically indicates a trial is imminent.
"Comprehensive immigration reform," like virtually any initiative containing the magic word "comprehensive," looks good on the surface. But the details of the comprehensive immigration bill passed by the Senate in June by a 68-32 margin reveal much wrong underneath. Oblivious to this, top union leaders are gearing up for an all-out blitz this fall to secure passage of a similar bill in the Republican-majority House of Representatives. Led by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka (in photo), they are obsessed with providing 11 million or more persons illegally in this country with amnesty and eventual citizenship, and with enabling millions of family members to come here to join them.
Two top officials at International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 827 believed that they could get away with claiming hours for work not done. It turned out to be a bad guess. That's why they're former officials. On July 8, Robert Garris, former chief shop steward for the East Windsor Township (Mercer County), N.J.-based union, was charged in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Passaic County, with theft by deception in the sum of $25,960 for submission of false time claims. Nine days later, on July 17, in the same court, Jason D'Errico, the union's former secretary-treasurer, was charged with time claim theft in the amount of $58,954 and purchase of a vehicle with funds belonging to the Passaic County Labor Board. The charges in each case follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.
On July 10, William Geisler, former treasurer of Glass, Molders, Pottery and Plastics & Allied Workers International Union Local 45, pleaded guilty in the Franklin County (Ohio) Court of Common Pleas to one count of theft in the amount of $4,295 from the Columbus-based union. He then was given a suspended 10-day prison sentence and ordered to pay about $895 in restitution, having previously paid $3,400. Geisler was indicted in November 2011. The actions follow an investigation by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.
On July 8, Francisco Smalls, president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2263, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico to two years of probation for embezzling funds from the Albuquerque union. He also was ordered to pay $6,726 in restitution and a $100 assessment. Smalls had pleaded guilty in January. The actions follow a probe by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.