On April 20, Wendy Buch, former secretary-treasurer for Transportation Communications Union (TCU) Local Lodge T-574, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois to five years of probation for embezzling funds from the Shiloh, Ill. union. She also was ordered to pay $11,957.34 in restitution and a $150 special assessment. Buch had pleaded guilty last December to embezzlement and concealment. TCU is affiliated with the International Association of Machinists. The actions follow an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
On April 24, Robert Clearwater, former president of National Association of Government Employees (NAGE) Local 14-8, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas to one count of embezzlement in the amount of $11,681 and six counts of concealing the thefts in financial records of the Topeka-based union. Clearwater had been indicted in February. NAGE is an affiliate of the Service Employees International Union. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
In the case of Tshombe Anderson, ripping off the Department of Labor was a family affair. So is incarceration. On April 19, Anderson, a Dallas-based union lawyer and owner of a number of medical supply companies, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas to 10 years in prison for his role as chief organizer in a scam that fraudulently obtained worker’s compensation benefits. He also was ordered to pay $26,572,458.93 in restitution. Anderson had pleaded guilty last August to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud. Deemed a flight risk, he’s been in custody since his August 2015 arrest. Three family members are awaiting sentencing. The actions follow a probe by the Offices of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Postal Service.
The saga of Tshombe Anderson, whose roots lay in Zimbabwe, overlaps with a similar one from … Read More ➡
On April 19, Kenneth Evans, former president of National Association of Letter Carriers Local Branch 1494, was charged in Williams County (North Dakota) District Court with theft in an amount of between $3,500 and $3,600 from the Williston-based union. The charge follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
As a player in the scandal, Keith Mickens was a minor figure. But his conviction is satisfying to prosecutors all the same. On April 5, Mickens, a former United Auto Worker official, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan to conspiracy for helping to funnel UAW-Chrysler National Training Center payments to union officials in return for the union dropping certain collective bargaining issues. He, like the other defendants, also spent portions of the payoffs on personal items. Mickens is the sixth person to be charged, and the fifth to be convicted, in the $4.5 million scheme, which broke wide open last July. The latest action follows a joint investigation by the FBI, the IRS and the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and Office of Inspector General.
Union Corruption Update has given regular coverage to this web of deceit that has caused genuine … Read More ➡
Jo-Anne Micheletti won’t be seeking a job with her union in the future. And members probably won’t be missing her either. On March 14, Micheletti, former president of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 1339, pleaded no contest in Providence, R.I. Superior Court to misdemeanor larceny of funds during 2014-16 from the union, which represents Providence public school clerical workers. She already had paid $1,129 in restitution. She had been charged last August with embezzling $6,946 after being arrested by state police that April. As part of the plea deal, she agreed not to seek employment at Local 1339 in the future.… Read More ➡
Creative borrowing for the purpose of covering casino gambling losses has claimed another union leader. And the losses weren’t small change. On April 12, Mervin Hawk, former president of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 1640, was charged in a one-count information in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan with embezzling more than $600,000 in funds from the Detroit-based union over at least a two-year period. Four days later, at his arraignment, Hawk requested a court-appointed lawyer. The charge follows a joint investigation by the FBI, and the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and Office of Inspector General.
Mervin Hawk during 2013-15 was president of AFSCME Local 1640, which represents area social workers. According to court records, he used his authority during this time and beyond to withdraw local funds for purposes entirely unrelated to union business. Most of all, … Read More ➡
The fallout from union corruption in Detroit that once reached into City Hall continues. On April 18, David Hart, former financial secretary-business agent for International Union of Operating Engineers Local 324, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan to time already served, and ordered to pay $37,000 in restitution and a $100 assessment, for his role in an extortion conspiracy involving now-sentenced local boss John Hamilton and at least one other union official. He had pleaded guilty in February 2015 to one count of misprision of a felony for failing to report to authorities the commission of extortion. The actions follow a joint probe by the FBI, the IRS and the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards, Office of Inspector General and Employee Benefits Security Administration.
Operating Engineers Local 324 was deep in Detroit local government corruption during the tenure of former Mayor Kwame … Read More ➡
On April 12, Alicia Rooney, former office secretary for United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 459, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of Montana to three months in prison and three years of probation for embezzling funds from the Missoula-based union and a related benefit plan. She also was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $163,554.95 and a $100 special assessment. Rooney had pleaded guilty last November to embezzling a combined $171,804 from local general and benefit funds after being indicted that August. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
On April 4, Sharon Williams-Savage, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2425, pleaded guilty in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Passaic County, to one count of theft from the East Orange, N.J.-based union. She had been indicted in December 2015 on two counts of misapplication of entrusted property exceeding $1,000 and one count of unlawful taking of property exceeding $500. Though the union is based in Essex County, the offenses occurred in nearby Passaic County. Sentencing is scheduled for June. The actions follow a joint investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and the New Jersey State Criminal Division.… Read More ➡