President of South Carolina AFGE Local Sentenced for Theft

On February 1, John Sammons, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 1872, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina to three years of supervised probation, including six months of home detention, for stealing funds from the union. He also was ordered to pay a $5,500 fine on top of the $17,261 in restitution he already has paid. Sammons had used his position to receive false travel reimbursements. He had pleaded guilty to one count of theft in February 2020 after being indicted on five counts of mail fraud and one count of theft the previous July. AFGE Local 1872 represents about 150 to 200 civilian employees at Shaw Air Force Base. The actions follow an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.