The fallout from the Chrysler-United Auto Workers scandal continues. Just ask Nancy Johnson. Last Wednesday, March 21, Johnson, a former ranking UAW official, was slapped with a superseding indictment in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan for accepting tens of thousands of dollars in cash and other things of value from Chrysler executives for herself and an associate in return for dropping certain demands during collective bargaining sessions in 2015. The action follows an investigation by the FBI, the IRS and the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and Office of Inspector General.
Nancy Johnson not long ago was a real Detroit wheel. During 2014-16, she held the second most senior position at the UAW and was a member of the union’s negotiating team with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Unfortunately, she also could be bought. According to prosecutors, Johnson, now 57, a resident of Macomb, Mich., accepted … Read More ➡ “Ex-UAW Official Indicted for Receiving Bribes from Chrysler”
Paul Moe didn’t show up for work that often, but he will be showing up for his incarceration. On Monday, March 26, Moe, a member of the International Longshoremen’s Association and the general foreman for a shipping company at Port of Elizabeth, N.J., was sentenced in Newark federal court to two years in prison and three years of supervised release for collecting a nearly $500,000 annual salary for an ostensibly full-time job performed part-time. He also was ordered to pay $749,000 in restitution. Moe had been convicted by a jury in October on 14 counts of wire fraud following a July indictment. The actions follow a joint probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards, Office of Inspector General and Employee Benefits Security Administration, plus the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor.
Court records indicate that Moe, now 66, a resident of Atlantic Highlands, N.J., during September 2015-March … Read More ➡ “New Jersey ILA Member Sentenced for $500K Salary Scam”
When it comes to ethically compromised congressmen, Chicago seems to produce a bumper crop. Last Thursday, March 22, the House Ethics Committee released separate reports admonishing Reps. Bobby Rush and Luis Gutierrez, both Democrats from Chicago districts, for violating House rules concerning outside financial activities of members. The committee ordered Rush (in photo, on left) and Gutierrez (in photo, on right) to pay respective sums of $13,310 and $9,700 to the U.S. Treasury. The investigations were triggered by a probe by the independent Office of Congressional Ethics. Given the facts, the sanctions appear to be slaps on the wrist. The case of Gutierrez, who is retiring after the current term, is especially disturbing in the context of other conflicts of interest.
Bobby Rush, now in his 13th term, represents the 1st District of Illinois, which covers a large portion of Chicago’s South Side. To many, he is best-known … Read More ➡ “More Slaps on the Wrist for Corrupt Chicago Reps. Rush, Gutierrez”
On March 9, Kimberly Steinhoff, former secretary-treasurer of United Steelworkers Local 2-87, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan to pay $10,651.52 in restitution, a $2,500 fine and a $25 special assessment for falsifying financial records of the Munising (Upper Peninsula), Mich.-based union. She had pleaded guilty in January after being charged last June with embezzling $12,751 in union funds. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡ “Michigan Steelworkers Secretary-Treasurer Sentenced for False Record-Keeping”
On March 7, Milton Thomas, former shop chairman of United Auto Workers Local 890, was indicted in Cook County Court on one count of theft in an amount of between $10,000 and $100,000 from the Morton Grove, Ill.-based union. Thomas allegedly had made out unauthorized checks to himself and forged disbursement vouchers. The indictment follows a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡ “UAW Shop Chairman in Chicago Indicted for Theft”
On March 6, Steven Brumit, former secretary-treasurer of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET), West Virginia Legislative Board, was indicted in Summers County, West Virginia Court on one count of embezzling $6,433.76 from the Teamsters-affiliated union, formerly located in Hinton, W.Va. In the scheme, Brumit wrote 13 unauthorized union checks to himself. The indictment follows an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡ “West Virginia BLET Secretary Indicted for Embezzlement”
On March 2, Rocky DeFilippo, former delegate of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 189, was convicted by a jury in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on one count each of wire fraud, conspiracy to engage in wire fraud and making false statements in a letter he had filed with his employer, Amtrak, in hopes of achieving back pay and a salary increase. DeFilippo, who has been involved in a bitter personal injury suit against Amtrak for the past year, had been charged last May. The union is based in Metuchen, N.J. The actions follow a joint probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and the Amtrak Police Department.… Read More ➡ “Amtrak Police Union Officer Convicted of Wire Fraud”
On February 21, Fonda White, former secretary-treasurer of Communications Workers of America Local 2390, was sentenced in Prince George’s County Circuit Court to 10 years in prison (suspended), 90 days of home detention and five years of probation for theft of property from the Maugansville (near Hagerstown), Md.-based union in an amount of between $10,000 and $100,000. She also was ordered to pay $46,271.52 in restitution. White had pleaded guilty last November after being indicted in July on four charges. The union represents employees of Alcatel-Lucent (now part of Nokia) in various locations in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡ “CWA Local Treasurer in Maryland Sentenced for Theft”
On March 1, Mackenzie Dworshak, former treasurer of Montana Teachers Local 6105, an affiliate of both the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers, pleaded guilty in Montana District Court, Lewis And Clark County, to embezzlement of funds from the Helena-based union. Dworshak had been charged last May with stealing $5,461 following a joint probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and the Helena Police Department.… Read More ➡ “Teachers Union Treasurer in Montana Pleads Guilty to Theft”
A decade ago, John Hamilton was a powerful labor leader. Now he’s about to experience the power of incarceration. Last Wednesday, March 14, Hamilton, former business manager and general vice president of International Union of Operating Engineers Local 324, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan to two years in prison for conspiring to commit extortion with at least two other Local 324 officials. He also was ordered to pay $250,000 in restitution to the people he shook down. Hamilton had been convicted last August after being indicted on nine counts for extortion, embezzlement and other offenses. The actions follow an investigation by the FBI, the IRS and the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Inspector General and Employee Benefits Security Administration.
According to federal prosecutors, Hamilton, now 63, for the last few years a resident of Ocala, Fla., had demanded that business agents and members … Read More ➡ “Detroit Operating Engineers Boss Sentenced for Extortion”