AFSCME President in New Jersey Sentenced for $175K+ Ripoff

Shelby Hyman can console herself with the knowledge that her required restitution is on the low side. On February 10, Hyman, former president and treasurer of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 1761, was sentenced in Middlesex County (New Jersey) Superior Court to four years in prison for stealing about $176,000 in funds from the New Brunswick union over a six-year period. She also was ordered to pay $25,000 in restitution on top of the $10,000 she paid last October – well short of $176,000. Hyman had pleaded guilty last August after being arrested and charged with fund misapplication in December 2018. AFSCME Local 1761 represents various employees of Rutgers University.

According to prosecutors, Hyman, now 52, a resident of Franklin Township (Somerset County), N.J., used her position as union president and treasurer during 2012-18 to divert union funds to personal uses. Eventually, one or more suspicious … Read More ➡

Massachusetts AFSCME Local President Charged with Theft

On February 26, Christian Leeds, former president of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 1370, was charged in the Springfield District Court of Massachusetts with one count of larceny in the sum of $13,444 from the Springfield-based union. The charge follows an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards. … Read More ➡

Ex-AFSCME Local President in Maryland Sentenced for Theft

On February 18, Sophia Love, former president of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 2751, was sentenced in the Circuit Court for the City of Baltimore to five years in prison, with credit for time served, for theft in the amount of $15,548 from the Baltimore union. She had pleaded guilty in June 2018 following her indictment in August 2017. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.  … Read More ➡

Teamster Probe Slaps Northern California Boss with New Charges

Rome Aloise seemingly behaved as though nothing happened the first time around. It may be a lot harder for him this time. On February 14, independent investigator Joseph E. diGenova issued a critical memorandum citing the San Francisco Bay Area Teamster leader’s “methodical and Machiavellian steps” to maintain power all but in name during a two-year suspension. The alleged steps included extortion and unauthorized participation in contract talks. The report sets the stage for a union Executive Board hearing and a review officer ruling. Aloise, an international vice president as well as a local and district boss, called the report “an insidious and incessant violation of my rights.” The diGenova memo came just three days before the union was freed from more than 30 years of federal control.

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT), with some 1.4 million members, in March 1989 became a ward of the U.S. government … Read More ➡

Ex-UAW Official Sentenced for Collecting $2M in Shakedowns

The wages of corruption at the United Auto Workers continue to be paid. On February 18, Michael Grimes, a retired senior official at the Detroit-based union’s General Motors Department, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan to 28 months in prison and a year of supervised release for honest services fraud and money laundering conspiracy related to his extraction of roughly $2 million in payoffs from UAW vendors through multiple schemes. He also must pay about $1.5 million restitution plus a $200 assessment. Grimes had pleaded guilty in September after being charged in August. The actions follow a probe by the FBI, the IRS and Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and Office of Inspector General.

Grimes, now in his mid-60s, a resident of Fort Myers, Fla., had served as a $150,000-a-year administrative assistant to United Auto Workers Vice President Estrada. Apparently, it wasn’t enough. … Read More ➡

Iron Workers Office Manager in Ohio Indicted for Theft, Forgery

On February 5, Aphrodite Ueberroth, former office manager for Iron Workers Local 55, was indicted in Lucas County (Ohio) Common Pleas Court on one count of aggravated theft from the Toledo-based union in an amount of between $150,000 and $750,000, two counts of falsifying union financial records, six counts of forgery, and one count of receiving stolen property in an amount of between $1,000 and $7,500. While no further details are available on this case, it is of potential significance that her husband, Shawn Ueberroth, a Local 55 member, died in November 2018. The charges follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Philadelphia IBEW Associate Sentenced for Fraud

The decline of the corrupt old guard at International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98 continues. On January 27, James Moylan, a close ally of the powerful Philadelphia union, and for a while chairman of the City of Philadelphia’s zoning board, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to 15 months in prison and three years of supervised release for wire fraud and tax evasion. He also will have to pay $130,783 in combined restitution to the union and the IRS, plus a $10,000 fine and a $400 special assessment. Moylan had pleaded guilty in October. The actions follow an investigation by the FBI, the IRS, the U.S. Labor Department, and the Pennsylvania State Police and Attorney General’s Office.

Union Corruption Update has covered this case since January 2019, when a federal grand jury handed down a 116-count indictment against eight persons for a wide … Read More ➡

Southern California Independent Union Boss Convicted of $800K Embezzlement

The Romeros no longer are a family that stays together let alone steals together. On February 12, John S. Romero, former president of United Industrial and Service Workers of America (UISWA), was convicted by a jury in Los Angeles federal court of 14 felony charges related to the theft of nearly $800,000 from the health care plan of the Colton (San Bernardino County), Calif.-based union. His wife, son and daughter already have testified for the prosecution after pleading guilty to various charges. The four were arrested and indicted five years ago following an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards, Office of Inspector General and Employee Benefits Security Administration. Sentencing for the elder John Romero is set for April 27. He faces up to 130 years in prison.

National Legal and Policy Center has covered this case before (here and here). John S. Romero, now 73, … Read More ➡

Ex-Teachers Union President in Philadelphia Sentenced

On February 11, James Young, former president of American Federation of Teachers Local 4973, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to two years of probation and ordered to pay $5,450 in restitution and a $100 special assessment for embezzling $7,050 in funds from the Philadelphia union to cover gambling losses. He had pleaded guilty on October 23 after being charged that October 1. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.    … Read More ➡

Hawaii ILWU Official Sentenced for Tax Evasion, Identity Theft

If government benefits were available, Nathan Lum made sure that he was going to receive some of them, legally or not. But the only thing that he’s received now is a sentence. On January 29, Lum, former Longshore Division director of International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 142, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii to 30 months in prison for tax fraud and identity theft totaling more than $300,000 over several years. The identity theft involved his cashing of Social Security checks owed to his deceased father. Lum had pleaded guilty last March after an initial indictment in July 2018 and another one that September. He also will have to pay full restitution, plus a $125 special assessment. The actions follow a probe by the FBI, the IRS and the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Nathan Y.G. Lum, now 62, a resident of Honolulu, … Read More ➡