Treasurer of AFGE Local in Louisiana Charged with Forgery

On April 16, Michael Wood, former treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 3957, was charged in an information with one count of forgery against the Grant, La. union. The charge follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.   … Read More ➡

New Orleans-Area AFGE Local President Sentenced for Forgery

On April 21, Matthew Cuomo, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 1047, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana to three years of probation for forging more than 50 checks totaling about $15,000 from the Kenner-based union. He also was ordered to pay full restitution and a $100 special assessment. He had pleaded guilty last September after being charged that July. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

President of South Carolina AFGE Local Sentenced for Theft

On February 1, John Sammons, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 1872, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina to three years of supervised probation, including six months of home detention, for stealing funds from the union. He also was ordered to pay a $5,500 fine on top of the $17,261 in restitution he already has paid. Sammons had used his position to receive false travel reimbursements. He had pleaded guilty to one count of theft in February 2020 after being indicted on five counts of mail fraud and one count of theft the previous July. AFGE Local 1872 represents about 150 to 200 civilian employees at Shaw Air Force Base. The actions follow an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Former AFGE Local President in South Carolina Indicted

On November 5, Brenda Wilson, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 3841, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina for making a false statement in relation to a federal case. No further details are available. The Columbia, S.C.-based Local 3841 represents federal employees in various Southern cities. The charge follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.   … Read More ➡

Labor Department Calls Out Steelworkers, AFGE

Longtime readers of this publication no doubt have a sense of which unions are most prone to internal theft. The U.S. Department of Labor certainly does. In separate letters dated October 6, the DOL warned United Steelworkers President Thomas Conway and American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) President Everett Kelley that their unions are “disproportionately subject to embezzlement.” Anonymous DOL officials told the Daily Caller News Foundation, which had obtained copies of the letters, that such a step is “very rare.” The two labor organizations, respectively, represent about 575,000 and 323,000 members, and have combined assets worth around $1.4 billion. The action suggests that the department is giving extra attention to monitoring annual financial reports of unions generally.

The United Steelworkers, headquartered in Pittsburgh, has seen its share of thefts in the last couple years. This September, Brian Arnold, former financial secretary for the Elmira, N.Y.-based Steelworkers Local … Read More ➡

AFGE Secretary-Treasurer in Texas Charged with Wire Fraud

On October 13, KaSandra Hall, former secretary-treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Council 235, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas with one count of wire fraud in the sum $12,765 from the Killeen-based labor organization. The indictment follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Louisiana AFGE President Pleads Guilty to Forgery

On September 30, Matthew Cuomo, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 1047, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana to one count of forging over 50 checks worth about $15,000 against the Kenner, La. union, which represents Transportation Security Administration employees. Cuomo had been charged this past July. The actions follow an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.    … Read More ➡

Massachusetts AFGE President Indicted for Fraud, Tax Evasion

Michael Oldham gambled over his head. Soon he may pay a heavy debt. Last Tuesday, October 13, Oldham, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 1900, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts for embezzling nearly $39,000 in funds from the Taunton (south of Boston) union, making false statements on financial reporting forms, and evading personal income taxes. He was arrested that day as well. The union represents military and civilian Army mechanics at the former Fort Devens in Massachusetts. The indictment follows an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Oldham, a resident of Whitman, Mass., headed AFGE Local 1900 during 2016-18. His alleged acts of wire fraud and related crimes began shortly assuming position. Insisting that union bank statements be mailed to his home rather than union office, he issued union checks to himself, funneling the money into a personal … Read More ➡

Fort Knox AFGE President Sentenced for Fraud, Forgery

On October 1, Rocky Gannon, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2302, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky to 15 months of home incarceration, four years of probation and 250 hours of community service for fraud and forgery. He had pleaded guilty in June after being charged in November 2019 with three counts of fraud and nine counts of securities forgery. The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

AFGE President in California Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud

On August 17, Roger Harris, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 3048, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California to one count of wire fraud in the amount of $36,150 after being charged in May 2018. The union represents employees of Lompoc federal prison. The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards, and the Office of Inspector General for each of the Justice Department and the Treasury Department.… Read More ➡