AFGE President of Lewisburg Prison Guards Union Pleads Guilty to Fraud

Until recently, Tony Liesenfeld represented guards at Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary. In an odd twist of fate, he’s now facing the possibility of being an inmate there or somewhere else like it. On October 4, Liesenfeld, former president and secretary-treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 148, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania to an information count of wire fraud against the union totaling more than $77,000 over several years. The plea includes a requirement to make full restitution on top of any sentence. He had been charged on September 13. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Over its nearly 90-year history, Lewisburg federal prison has served as a temporary home to a rogues’ gallery of convicts including Whitey Bulger, John Gotti and Jimmy Hoffa. Tony Liesenfeld isn’t remotely in their class. But as head of … Read More ➡

Ex-AFGE President in Boston Takes Alford Plea; Sentenced

On September 12, Juan Evereteze, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 3258, admitted to a sufficient finding of facts in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Suffolk County Superior Court for larceny. He then was sentenced to four years of probation, the first year of which would be supervised, and ordered to pay $38,000 in restitution. An Alford plea, though not a formal guilty plea, is an admission that the facts as presented are sufficient for a conviction. Local 3258 represents employees of the Boston Regional Office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

AFGE President in Washington, D.C. Pleads Guilty to Transporting Stolen Funds

On September 12, Audonus Duplessis, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2463, pleaded guilty to one count of interstate transportation of stolen property in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in connection with his moving $11,300 worth of stolen funds from the Washington, D.C.-based union to Virginia for the purpose of buying a car. The total sum stolen from the union, which represents Smithsonian Institution employees, exceeded $80,000. The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Maryland AFGE Local Treasurer Sentenced for Embezzlement

For three years, Annette Jones used her union as a personal ATM card. Her card now no longer works. On September 10, Jones, former treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 331, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland to two years in prison for embezzling more than $80,000 from her union, which represents hundreds of employees at the Perry Point VA Medical Center in Cecil County, Md. She also was ordered to pay full restitution. Jones had pleaded guilty this May after being indicted in June 2018. The actions follow a joint investigation by the Department of Labor’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Inspector General.

Union Corruption Update covered this story in May. Jones, now in her mid-40s, a resident of Port Deposit, Md., conducted a pair of fraud schemes against AFGE Local 331 during July … Read More ➡

AFGE Secretary in Oklahoma Sentenced for Thefts

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 ➡

AFGE President in South Carolina Indicted for Fraud, Theft

On July 18, John Sammons, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 1872, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina on five counts of mail fraud and one count of theft in unspecified sums from the union, which represents civilian employees at Shaw Air Force Base. The charges follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Federal Employees Union Tries to Block Migrant Deportations

It takes no great insight to recognize there is a rapidly worsening security crisis along our southern border. Remarkably, a union representing the federal employees who handle this crisis is enabling it. Last Wednesday, American Federation of Government Employees Local 1924 filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco in support of a lawsuit to block enforcement of the Trump administration’s Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP). Since its launch in January, the program by the end of June had temporarily returned to Mexico more than 15,000 asylum seekers who had been detained at U.S. ports of entry. MPP, reads the complaint, is “fundamentally contrary to the moral fabric of our Nation.” Such high-minded rhetoric ignores the fact that these migrants attempted to enter the U.S. illegally.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the many photos of “caravans” of thousands … Read More ➡

AFGE Treasurer in Maryland Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

Were it not for an overheard telephone call, Annette Jones might still be ripping off her union. Accidents will happen. On May 9, Jones, former treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 331, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland to bank fraud in connection with her embezzlement over a three-year period of more than $80,000 in funds from her union, which represents about 760 employees of Perry Point VA Medical Center in Cecil County, Md. She had been indicted on multiple counts last June. The plea follows an investigation by the Department of Labor’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Inspector General. Sentencing is set for September 10.

According to prosecutors, Jones, now 45, a resident of Port Deposit, Md., conducted a pair of fraud schemes against AFGE Local 331. By far the largest occurred during July 2012-July … Read More ➡

Former AFGE President in Wisconsin Charged with Theft

On February 20, David Dauman, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 3495, was charged in Adams County, Wisconsin Circuit Court with one count of stealing $3,597 from the Oxford, Wisc.-based union. The charge follows a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

AFGE Local Secretary in Oklahoma Pleads Guilty to Theft

On February 14, Christy Coppin, former office secretary of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2250, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma to one count of theft in the amount of $52,738 from the Muskogee union, which represents employees at the VA Hospital in that city. She had been indicted in January. The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡