On February 8, Christopher Mulhall, former secretary-treasurer of International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 264, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia to five months of home detention and 36 months of probation for wire fraud and embezzlement against the Hampton-based union in the sum of $57,310. He already has paid full restitution. Mulhall had pleaded guilty late last May after being charged earlier that month. The case has ensnared a number of top people in the union. In January, former President Benjamin Wisecarver pleaded guilty to wire fraud. And last November, husband and wife Dennis and Dorian Nicely, respectively, former local vice president and former business agent, pleaded guilty to wire fraud charges. The actions follow an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and Office of Inspector General.… Read More ➡ “IATSE Secretary-Treasurer in Virginia Sentenced for Embezzlement”
Members of the United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) this January returned to work following a six-day strike against the Los Angeles Unified School District. But as that battle was ending, a more significant one was being launched. On January 22, Irene Seager, a teacher in Los Angeles’ Porter Ranch area, filed suit in federal court against the union and the school district challenging the union’s authority to limit dues opt-outs by dissenting employees to an annual window of just 30 days. Seager also wants a refund of dues she already paid. Unlike a more expansive suit filed against the union and the school district months ago by another teacher, Thomas Few, this one seeks class-action status. The case is part of a growing number of public-sector employee suits in the wake of the Supreme Court’s landmark Janus ruling last June.
As Union Corruption Update has explained (here and … Read More ➡ “Another Los Angeles Teacher Sues Union, School District Over Forced Dues”
Howard Janoske obtained business on the principle that every man has his price. Now he’s likely to pay a different kind of price. On March 1, Janoske, president of an unnamed Maryland-based plumbing and HVAC contractor, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Maryland to one count of honest services fraud, theft and embezzlement in providing an official of an unnamed Virginia-based labor union with extensive kickbacks over a three-year period in return for receiving preference for union contracts. Sentencing is scheduled for July 12. The plea follows a joint investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and Office of Inspector General.
According to the indictment, Howard Janoske, now 74, a resident of Oakland, Maryland (in the westernmost portion of the state), entered into an illegal quid pro quo agreement with the facilities and real estate manager of an unnamed large international … Read More ➡ “Maryland Contractor Pleads Guilty to Bribing, Defrauding Virginia Union”
Some conspiracy theories describe actual conspiracies. And ignoring the evidence can put a nation in harm’s way. Consider the possibility that an extended Pakistani family used their employment as cybersecurity specialists to steal emails, documents and equipment from dozens of members of the House of Representatives and then transfer them to outside parties, including the government of Pakistan. In a new book, Obstruction of Justice: How the Deep State Risked National Security to Protect the Democrats (Regnery), Daily Caller reporter Luke Rosiak makes a compelling case that this really happened. To their great debit, the FBI, the Justice Department, Capitol Police and lawmakers in both parties ignored the danger signs, and often provided cover for the culprits. Welcome to the Deep State.
It is overwhelmingly accepted among Democrats that Donald Trump and certain among his top aides conspired with Russian intelligence agents via social media to “steal” the 2016 presidential … Read More ➡ “New Book Reveals Deep State Role in Pakistani Infiltration of House Democrats”
Susan Kyle paid herself on a weekly basis. Unfortunately, union members were involuntarily subsidizing her. On February 4, Kyle, former treasurer of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 2428, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California to two years in prison, plus three years of supervised release, for embezzling nearly $500,000 in funds over a six-year period from the Oakland-based union, which represents employees of East Bay Regional Parks. She had pleaded guilty last October to embezzlement and concealment; as part of the plea agreement, she will pay full restitution. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.
According to prosecutors, Kyle, now 61, a resident of Citrus Heights (Sacramento County), Calif., used her position as local treasurer to “issue unauthorized payments to herself on a weekly basis” during 2008-14. She would verbally authorize the union … Read More ➡ “AFSCME Treasurer in Northern California Sentenced for $500K Ripoff”
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., a Somalian-born Muslim, is plainly hostile to Israel. But her Twitter messages of Sunday evening, February 10, calling into question the legitimacy of Israel, a reliable U.S. ally, were way out of bounds. To their credit, Democratic Party leaders issued a written rebuke. They now should take action.
The controversy revolves around a pair of retweets sent by Congresswoman Omar, who represents the Left-leaning 5thCongressional District of Minnesota, which encompasses Minneapolis and several suburbs. In the first instance, she favorably commented on an absurd allegation by radical blogger Glenn Greenwald that GOP Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy was attacking the freedom of speech of anti-Israeli (and fellow Muslim) Rep. Rashida Tlaib, R-Mich. Rep. Omar remarked about Israel’s supporters, “It’s all about the Benjamins baby.” (Note: A Benjamin is slang for a $100 bill). In the second instance, she contemptuously responded to a tweet by Batya … Read More ➡ “Remove Rep. Ilhan Omar From the Foreign Affairs Committee”
For about a year, Kevin Crownover was too clever for his own good. He soon may have to do around that time behind bars. On January 31, Crownover, former treasurer for International Association of Machinists Local Lodge 2947, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California with one count of embezzling funds and one count of aggravated identity theft from the union, which represents mechanics employed at Lemoore Naval Air Station (Kings County), located south of Fresno. The total loss to the union is estimated at $50,879. The charges follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.
According to prosecutors, Crownover, now 46, a former employee at Lemoore Naval Air Station, during September 2015-October 2016 wrote at least 70 unauthorized checks and made any number of cash withdrawals from union bank accounts. In addition, to conceal the thefts, he forged the signature … Read More ➡ “Machinists Treasurer in California Charged with Embezzlement, Coverup”
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98 in Philadelphia used to be an open cash register for certain members and outside persons. Now the register has been closed. Last Wednesday, January 30, local Business Manager John Dougherty and seven other persons, including a Philadelphia city councilman, were charged in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in a 116-count indictment alleging a wide range of offenses including embezzlement, wire fraud and bribery. The defendants, all of whom have pleaded not guilty, during April 2010-August 2016 allegedly used union funds for unauthorized uses. It was in August 2016 that FBI agents raided over a dozen union construction sites, homes and offices following a joint probe by the FBI, the IRS, several agencies within the Department of Labor, and Pennsylvania State Police.
Electrical Workers Local 98 is no stranger to Union Corruption Update. More than a decade ago, a unionized … Read More ➡ “IBEW Business Manager in Philadelphia, Seven Others Indicted”
Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., has a habit of redoubling her efforts when her ideas fail. That’s especially true given that she now chairs the House Financial Services Committee. One of her top priorities is bullying banks into boosting mortgage lending to marginally qualified borrowers based on race or ethnicity. And her main vehicle for that now is a proposed subcommittee on diversity and inclusion. In a prepared statement on January 30, she declared, “I am proud to say that this will be the first Subcommittee of its kind in Congress.”
One hopes it will be the last. For if she gets her way, the outcome, taken to its logical conclusion, may be a financial meltdown rivaling the one a decade ago.
On January 3, Steven Kristopher Perry, former financial secretary-treasurer of United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America Local 2077, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio to one count of embezzling $20,458 in funds from the Columbus-based union. He had been charged last October. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡ “Carpenters Treasurer in Ohio Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement”