A fed. grand jury in Wash. D.C. issued yet another indictment against ex-Iron Worker officials Jake West and LeRoy Worley on August 7. The indictment adds more than $200,000 to the amount allegedly embezzled from the IAIW, and provides new details on the deal between West and Worley.
West and Worley had both held offices in the Intl. Assn. of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers since 1989 — West as General Pres., Worley as General Secy. By 1998, acc. to the indictment, West saw Worley as a challenge to his position in the union and wanted him out of the way. In Nov. of that year, they allegedly made a deal. On the 18th, Worley resigned his position in the IAIW. At the same time, West allegedly arranged for Worley to receive more than $37,000 from the union’s pension fund that Worley had not worked for the union … Read More ➡
The perjury and false statements trial of expelled Int’l Bhd. of Teamsters boss Ron Carey began Aug. 28. He allegedly lied about matters in several complex schemes in which $885,000 of IBT funds were embezzled and some $538,000 was wrongfully funneled into his failed 1996 campaign. Five others have pled guilty and one has been convicted in the scandal. Carey faces up to thirty-five years in prison. U.S. Dist. Judge Robert L. Carter (S.D.N.Y., Nixon) said at jury selection on Aug. 27 that the trial is expected to last three weeks.
Asst. U.S. Atty. Deborah A. Landis is trying the case with Andrew Dember, chief of U.S. Atty. Mary Jo White’s Public Corruption Unit. Landis told the jury in opening arguments that Carey lied sixty-three times in six months to investigators and a grand jury. Landis also said that Carey knew about a scheme to raise campaign funds from AFSCME, … Read More ➡