On October 6, Jeffrey Velfing and John Crosby, respectively, former chief steward and former assistant steward of National Postal Mail Handlers Union Local 307, were sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan to identical sentences of two years of probation, a $1,000 fine and a $100 special assessment for embezzling funds from the Detroit union. Each already had paid full restitution in the amount of $6,758. Velfing and Crosby had pleaded guilty in June after being indicted in April. The actions follow a joint probe by the U.S. Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General, and the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and Office of Inspector General.… Read More ➡
On October 4, Adele Dewey, former treasurer of United Steelworkers Local 811, was indicted in the Ashtabula County, Ohio Court of Common Pleas on one count of theft in the amount of $4,224 and one count of forgery against the Andover, Ohio union. The charges follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
On September 26, Esther LaFontant, former bookkeeper for United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 12, pleaded guilty in Suffolk County Superior Court (Mass.) to three counts of larceny totaling $154,857 and one count of concealing the thefts from the Boston-based union. Four days later, on September 30, she was sentenced to one year of incarceration and 10 years of probation, and ordered to make full restitution. LaFontant had been charged in March following an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
On September 26, William Galloway III, former treasurer of Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union Local 192T, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina in an information count with filing a false financial report on the Reidsville, N.C. union. He pleaded guilty the next day. The actions follow a probe by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
On September 26, Laura Cloyd, former financial secretary of Security, Police and Fire Professionals of America Local 112, pleaded guilty in the Campbell County, Kentucky Circuit Court to one count of felony theft and one count of misdemeanor theft from the Alexandria, Ky.-based union. A month later, on October 25, she was sentenced to three years of diversion and ordered to pay $1,669 in restitution. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
On September 26, John Kauffman Jr., former president of National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE) Local 1442, a Machinists affiliate, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania with a one-count information for mail fraud in an unspecified sum from the Chambersburg, Pa.-based union. He then pleaded guilty. The actions follow a probe by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
On September 30, Jeanette Bowman, ex-treasurer of National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 280, was sentenced in Marion County, Ohio Court of Common Pleas to 120 days of electronic monitoring and five years of community control for theft of funds from the Marion, Ohio union in the amount of $16,347. She also was ordered to pay full restitution. Bowman had pleaded guilty in August following a joint probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and the Marion County Sheriff’s Department.… Read More ➡
On September 16, Aaron Contreras, former financial secretary of Communications Workers of America Local 84749, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio in an information count with embezzlement in the amount of $42,700 from the Fostoria, Ohio-based union. He then pleaded guilty on October 11. According to prosecutors, Contreras during January 2-December 10, 2015 embezzled funds “for which he prepared a false financial report on or about November 30, 2015 to conceal the embezzlement, and, with ATM withdrawal fees, resulting in a total loss to the union of $43,293.25.” The charge and guilty plea follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and the Fostoria Police Department.… Read More ➡
Hillary Clinton isn’t the only person these days accused of hiding emails to conceal crimes. In a 42-page letter dated October 31, court-approved investigator Joseph diGenova appealed to International Brotherhood of Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa (r) to take action against IBT General Secretary-Treasurer Ken Hall (l). According to diGenova, Hall hid over 17,000 email transmissions and other documents that could shed light on acts of embezzlement, bid-rigging and other acts of corruption. For over six months, Hall, aided by Hoffa’s legal team, allegedly stonewalled investigators. The IBT calls the charges “baseless.” But the accusations may delay the union’s ongoing exit from federal control established by a 1989 racketeering settlement. To complicate matters, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara last Thursday filed suit against the union, citing “unprecedented and dangerous” activity.
James Hoffa has headed the Washington, D.C.-based International Brotherhood of Teamsters since 1999. The union, with a current estimated 1.4 … Read More ➡
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 1707 represents corrections employees in Jackson County, Missouri. Its main problem right now appears to be finding a president who won’t wind up in jail himself. On September 16, Lowell Wreh, former president of the Kansas City, Mo.-based local, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri to five years of probation and ordered to pay full restitution and a $100 assessment for defrauding the union out of $7,642. Wreh had pleaded guilty in January following an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.
Wreh, 46, a resident of Raytown, Mo., in suburban Kansas City, became acting president of AFSCME Local 1707 in October 2012 after his predecessor, Jesse Morgan, had departed in the wake of an internal union probe. The audit had concluded that at least $185,000 in union funds was missing. … Read More ➡