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 ➡

Civilian Technicians President in Iowa Sentenced for Wire Fraud

On February 10, Gregg Pedersen, former president of Association of Civilian Technicians Local 75, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa to two years of probation and ordered to pay $11,638 in restitution and a $100 fine for defrauding the Sioux City-based union. He had pleaded guilty last September to one count of wire fraud in the sum of $6,320 after being charged in August. The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards. … Read More ➡

Former Secretary-Treasurer of IATSE Local in New Orleans Charged with Theft

On February 3, the New Orleans Police Department issued a warrant for the arrest of Chandra Miller, former secretary-treasurer of International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 478, who had been charged in federal court with one count of theft in a sum of more than $5,000 from the New Orleans-based union. The charge follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards. … Read More ➡

SMART Treasurer in North Dakota Charged with Embezzlement

On January 15, Chad Waldoch, former secretary-treasurer with Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART) Local 980, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota for embezzling $107,706 in funds from the Fargo union during January 2012-October 2017. He had been arrested the previous day. After pleading not guilty, he is facing a trial set to begin on March 31. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

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UAW’s Pearson Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

The outcome couldn’t have been more inevitable for Vance Pearson. And it couldn’t have been less welcome for the people ranking above him. Last Friday, February 7, Pearson, former regional director for the United Auto Workers and a member of the union’s international board, pleaded guilty in Detroit federal court to conspiracy to embezzle hundreds of thousands of dollars in union funds, enabling him and other UAW officials to live large – or at least larger – for nearly a decade. In so doing, he may have brought prosecutors one step closer to bringing charges against former Auto Workers President Gary Jones and his immediate predecessor, Dennis Williams. The action follows a probe by the FBI, the IRS, and the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and Office of Inspector General.

As Union Corruption Update indicated a couple of weeks ago, Vance Pearson, now 58, a resident of … Read More ➡

Two Employees of Houston CWA Local Plead Guilty to Thefts

Beverly Davis and Evelyn Smith treated their union like a personal ATM machine. Eventually, their money supply ran out. On December 13, 2019, Davis and Smith, each an office employee of Communications Workers of America Local 6222, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas to their roles in an embezzlement scheme that yielded a combined more than $135,000 over several years from the Houston-based union, which represents AT&T employees. The pleas follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards. Each woman faces up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine at sentencing on February 28.

Davis and Smith, each now 67, were employed by the union, respectively, during 2010-17 and 2005-18. Davis administered a special fund intended to help union members during financial hardships, while Smith served as secretary-treasurer. According to prosecutors, they used their positions to help themselves … Read More ➡