Once your mob partners start going to prison, it’s hard to stay out yourself. Vincent D’Acunto has learned the hard way. On August 9, D’Acunto, former secretary-treasurer of United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 2D, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to 10 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for his role in a racketeering conspiracy involving members of the Genovese crime family. A Genovese soldier, Vincent Esposito, was sentenced this July to two years in prison for running an extortion racket on behalf of the union. These and related actions follow a joint investigation by the FBI, the NYPD and the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and Office of Inspector General.
On August 20, Kelly Carter, former president of National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 560, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan to one count of embezzling funds in the amount of $9,031 from the Benton Harbor union. She had been indicted in June for stealing $7,130. The actions follow a joint investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and the U.S. Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General.… Read More ➡
On August 20, Deloistine Williams, former secretary-treasurer of United Steelworkers Local 929, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas in an information count with making a false entry in the records of the West Helena-based union. The charge follows a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
On August 7, Christy Coppin, former office secretary of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2250, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma to five years of probation for thefts in the sum of $52,738 from the union, which represents employees of the VA hospital in Muskogee. Coppin also was ordered to pay full restitution and a $100 special assessment. According to prosecutors, she stole items of value from the hospital during 2015-17. Coppin had pleaded guilty to one count of theft this February after being indicted in January. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
On August 2, Steven Kristopher Perry, former financial secretary-treasurer of United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners Local 2077, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio to three years of supervised release, including 180 days of home confinement, for embezzling $20,458 in funds from the Columbus union. He also was ordered to pay $26,185 in restitution and a special assessment of $100. Perry had pleaded guilty in January following an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
A few weeks ago, U.S. Attorney for Eastern Michigan Matthew Schneider said after the sentencing of a United Auto Workers official, “We’re not done.” He wasn’t kidding. This Wednesday, FBI and IRS agents in four states raided the homes of UAW President Gary Jones (in photo) and former UAW President Dennis Williams, plus the union’s rural Michigan conference retreat/training center and a couple of other sites in search of evidence of corruption. The actions follow the convictions of several UAW and Chrysler officials for their roles in a bribery and embezzlement scheme, and charges announced this August 14 against now-retired union senior official Michael Grimes for receiving the bulk of nearly $2 million in vendor kickbacks. He pleaded not guilty to wire fraud and money laundering on Wednesday.
Robert Peter’s use of his union as a personal piggy bank was brief but lucrative. Now it’s officially over. On August 8, Peter, former secretary-treasurer of American Postal Workers Union Local 526, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey to embezzling $34,500 in funds from the Blackwood (Camden County), N.J.-based union. Local 526 represents about 900 postal employees at various locations in Southern New Jersey. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.
According to court records, Peter, now 58, a resident of Sicklerville, N.J., during May 1-June 13, 2018 used two methods to steal union funds. First, he made unauthorized use of the union president’s signature stamp to issue to himself eight union checks totaling $22,500. Second, also without authorization, he withdrew $12,000 in cash from a number of machines in Atlantic City with his union ATM … Read More ➡
Thomas Popillo is a good example of what happens to a union when one person has total control over its finances. On August 7, Popillo, former president of Communications Workers of America Local 81266, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut to one count of embezzlement in the amount of $37,568.68 from the union, which represents employees at the Fenn metal forming machinery plant in Newington. He was released on a $25,000 bond pending sentencing. The plea follows an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.
Popillo, now 61, a resident of Newington, headed the 90-member CWA Local 81266 during 2003-17, also serving as its secretary-treasurer during 2003-15. In effect, he enjoyed no oversight. That gave him a virtual license to steal. And he used that license frequently. According to prosecutors, he wrote unauthorized checks to himself from a union bank account and made … Read More ➡
As the fortunes of Chicago-area former Teamster leader John T. Coli Sr. continue to crumble, an overlapping story has emerged. On August 2, Illinois State Senator Tom Cullerton was charged in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois with 40 counts of embezzlement and one count of making a false statement following an indictment by a grand jury. For three years, Cullerton, while working as an organizer for International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 734, allegedly received nearly $275,000 in salary and benefits from the Chicago union for doing “little or no work.” Teamsters Joint Council 25, then headed by Coli, had approved the job assignment back in 2013. On August 16, Cullerton pleaded not guilty to all charges.
The indictment of Tom Cullerton (in photo) is an outgrowth of charges against John Coli Sr., who for 25 years was the dominant Teamster official in the Chicago area. Coli … Read More ➡
For a half-dozen years, Dana Pullman (in photo) headed a union representing law enforcement officers. He’s now become acquainted with law enforcement in a very different way. Two days ago, on August 21, Pullman, former president of the State Police Association of Massachusetts, was arrested at his home and then charged in Boston federal court with wire fraud, honest services fraud and obstruction in connection with the misuse of an estimated $75,000 in funds from the Boston-based union. A now-retired state lobbyist, Anne Lynch, also was arrested and charged. Pullman’s attorney, Martin Weinberg, says his client denies all charges and “never acted in a manner that compromised his loyalty to his union.” Each defendant has been released on a $25,000 bond. The actions follow a joint probe by the FBI and the IRS.
Dana Pullman, now 57, a resident of Worcester, headed the more than 1,500-member State Police Association of … Read More ➡