AFGE Boss in Washington, D.C. Sentenced for Transporting Stolen Funds

On December 5, Audonus Duplessis, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2463, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to 12 months and one day in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised probation and 300 hours of community service, for transporting $11,300 worth of stolen funds from the Washington, D.C. union to a Virginia location for the purpose of buying a car. The total sum stolen, however, was in excess of $80,000. AFGE Local 2463 represents employees at the Smithsonian Institution. Duplessis had pleaded guilty last October after being indicted in June. The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Transit Union Secretary in New Jersey Charged with Embezzlement

On December 5, Angel Luis Garcia, former financial secretary of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1614, was charged in U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey with one count of embezzlement of $117,000 in funds from the Dover (Morris County), N.J.-based union. The charge follows a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Long Island Teamster V.P. Pleads Guilty to Bribe-Taking

John Ulrich might have called it payola, but prosecutors called it bribery. And evidence indicates they were right. On December 12, Ulrich, former vice president of the Great Neck (Long Island), N.Y.-based International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 812 and a trustee of its health plan, pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court to soliciting tens of thousands of dollars in bribes from an official with the plan’s third-party contractor in return for ensuring the union’s retention of the company. Ulrich had been indicted last February following a joint investigation by the FBI and the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards, Office of Inspector General, and Employee Benefits Security Administration. Sentencing is set for April 23.

Teamsters Local 812 represents more than 3,000 soft drink and brewery production, bottling, delivery and auxiliary workers in the New York City metropolitan area. It also has a health benefit plan lucrative enough to attract … Read More ➡

Plasterers Secretary in Atlanta Charged with Theft, Forgery

On December 3, Andretta Davis, former office secretary for Operative Plasterers and Cement Masons International Association Local 148, was charged in Fulton County Superior Court for the State of Georgia with one count of theft and three counts of forgery from the Atlanta-based union. The charges follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

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Operating Engineers Office Manager in New Mexico Pleads Guilty to Fraud

On November 26, Jessica Pangburn, former office manager for International Union of Operating Engineers Local 953, waived an indictment and pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico to one count of wire fraud against the Albuquerque union. The plea follows a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Former President of Fort Knox AFGE Local Charged with Fraud

On November 20, Rocky Gannon, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2302, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky on three counts of wire fraud and nine counts of securities forgery against the union, which represents civilian personnel at Fort Knox. The charges follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

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Ex-President of Letter Carriers Local in Michigan Sentenced

On November 19, Kelly Carter, former president of National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 560, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan to six months of home confinement, two years of probation and 200 hours of community service for embezzling funds from the Benton Harbor union. She previously had made restitution in the amount of $9,031. She had pleaded guilty in August following her indictment in June for stealing $7,130. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Secretary-Treasurer of Machinists Local in Illinois Charged

On November 19, Amber Blake, former secretary-treasurer of International Association of Machinists Local Lodge 124, was charged in an information count in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois with making a false entry in the financial records of the Channahon (near Joliet), Ill. union. The charge follows a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Transportation Communications Secretary in Ohio Sentenced

On November 18, Bud Sherwood, former secretary-treasurer of Transportation Communications Union (TCU) Lodge 6546, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio to time served and one year of supervised release for embezzling $10,813 from the Bellevue (near Sandusky) union. He previously had paid $13,002 in restitution. Sherwood had pleaded guilty in June after being charged in May. TCU is an affiliate of the International Association of Machinists. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Carpenters Benefits Manager in New Jersey Indicted for $1.5M+ Fraud

For George Laufenberg, there seemingly were no limits when it came to his pay. That’s why he’s no longer getting paid. On September 27, Laufenberg, former benefit funds administrator for certain New Jersey and New York affiliates of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, was indicted by a Newark federal grand jury on five counts related to his stealing more than $1.5 million in dues-funded plan assets. Alleged offenses include embezzling from an annuity fund, hiring a friend for a virtual no-show job, and concealing such schemes in a financial report. His attorney insists that his client is innocent. The indictment follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Inspector General and Employee Benefits Security Administration, plus the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

George Laufenberg, now 69, a resident of Harvey Cedars (Ocean County), N.J., had it pretty good for a while. He managed … Read More ➡