On March 30, Oscar Luevano, former financial secretary-treasurer of Transportation Communications Union (TCU) Local Lodge 5050, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California to embezzling $132,939 in funds from the Covina (Los Angeles County)-based union. He had been charged five days earlier. TCU is an affiliate of the International Association of Machinists. The charge follows a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
On March 28, Stanley Buchanan, former president of National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 493, pleaded guilty in Smith County (Tex.) Court to unauthorized use of a credit card issued by the Tyler-based union. He then was sentenced to deferred adjudication, placed in community supervision for three years, and ordered to pay $6,406 in restitution and $348 in court costs. Smith had been charged last December with credit card fraud in the amount of $7,776. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
On March 22, Bob Buford, former president of United Auto Workers Local 2419, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois on one count of mail fraud related to his embezzlement of $128,697 from the savings account of the Danville, Ill.-based union back in 2010. He also was indicted for concealing the thefts in union financial records. The charges follow a probe by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
On April 26, Todd Culley, former secretary-treasurer of United Steelworkers Local 103, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana to one count of embezzlement in an unspecified sum from the St. Francisville-based union. He had been charged on April 12. The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
On May 4, Shelly Sutton, former treasurer for American Federation of Government Employees Local 477, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas to three months in prison and three months of supervised release for one count of bank fraud. She also was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $78,778. Sutton had pleaded guilty in February to stealing $93,094 from the Wichita-based union, which represents employees at the local VA hospital, after being indicted last November. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
The word “troubled” doesn’t even begin to describe the Teamsters’ Central States Pension Fund. “Desperate” is more like it. Last Friday, May 6, the Treasury Department announced that it had rejected a restructuring proposal submitted by plan trustees last September to avert collapse. The proposal, which would have cut benefits on average by 22 percent for about two-thirds of all participants, did not go over well with Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa and other union officials. Yet they are cornered by reality. As of last fall, liabilities exceeded assets by $17.5 billion, a gap widening by $2 billion a year. The plan is projected to go bankrupt in 10 years. A federal bailout likely would make things worse. Central States Executive Director Thomas Nyhan is reviewing alternatives.
For Jimmy Deamicis, union organizing was a license to extort and defraud. Now he’s found out the wages of his misguided thinking. On March 23, Deamicis, a former member of now-defunct International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 82, was sentenced in Boston federal court to a year and a day in confinement and another year of probation for his participation in a racket in which union members forced cash and other tribute from businesses, especially exhibitors at Boston-area trade shows. He had been convicted by a jury in November on three counts of extortion; later in the month he pleaded guilty to three counts of mail fraud and one count of theft of government funds. He also was ordered to pay $42,091 in restitution and a $700 assessment. The actions follow a Labor Department probe.
James “Jimmy the Bull” Deamicis had been indicted in September 2012 along with three other members … Read More ➡
On March 30, Johnny Wilson, former financial secretary-treasurer for Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1338, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas with one count of embezzling $120,352 in funds from the Dallas-based union. He then pleaded guilty. The charge and guilty plea follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
A deceased fellow union member was William Davis’ ticket to the good life. It now might be his ticket to prison. On April 6, Davis, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 1119, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to one count of wire fraud in connection with his theft of funds from the Montrose (Westchester County), N.Y. union. The local represents employees of the VA Hudson Valley Health Care System’s FDR Campus. He had been indicted last October for wire fraud and making false statements in union financial records following a joint investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Office of Inspector General.
William Davis, a resident of Wappingers Falls, N.Y., served as president of his union during roughly January 2008-October 2012. For most of that time, he used a union-issued … Read More ➡
On March 29, James Adams, former secretary-treasurer of United Transportation Union Local 427, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi to one count of making false statements in financial records of the Byram, Miss.-based local. Adams had been indicted last October for embezzling $45,043 in union funds as well as records fraud. The national union is now known as the Transportation Division of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation (SMART). The guilty plea follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡