Former CWA President in Connecticut Sentenced for Embezzlement

On November 7, Thomas Popillo, former president of Communications Workers of America Local 81266, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut to three years of probation, including six months of home confinement, for embezzling $37,568.68 in funds from the Newington-based union. He also was ordered to pay full restitution and a $100 special assessment. Popillo had pleaded guilty in August following an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Mississippi CWA President Sentenced for Embezzlement

The consequences of theft were far more expensive than Danny Woodcock had anticipated. On August 29, Woodcock, ex-president of Communications Workers of America Local 83770, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi to 46 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $519,963.04 in restitution and a $100 special assessment for stealing more than $300,000 in funds from the Columbus, Miss. union. Woodcock had pleaded guilty in August 2018 after being indicted in November 2017. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Communications Workers Local 83770 represents between 300 and 400 employees of L3 Vertex Aerospace, LLC, an engineering and maintenance contractor operating at Columbus Air Force Base. According to prosecutors, Woodcock, now 66, a resident of Caledonia (Lowndes County), Miss., not only headed the union but stole from it … Read More ➡

CWA Local Secretary-Treasurer in West Virginia Indicted

On September 4, Eric Childress, former secretary-treasurer of Communications Workers of America Local 2276, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia on one count of embezzlement of funds in the sum of $2,619 from the Bluefield, W.Va.-based union. The charge follows a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

CWA President in Connecticut Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

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 ➡

CWA Secretary-Treasurer in Indiana Pleads Guilty; Sentenced

On August 20, Diana Brown, ex-financial secretary of Communications Workers of America Local 84807, pleaded guilty in Clark County, Indiana Circuit Court to 10 counts of forgery against the Jeffersonville, Ind. (near Louisville, Ky.) union. She then was sentenced to eight years in jail (six of those years suspended) and six years of probation. Brown had been charged with 10 counts of forgery and one count of theft in July 2015. The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Mississippi CWA President Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

On August 17, Danny Woodcock, former president of Communications Workers of America Local 83770, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi to one count of embezzlement of funds from the Columbus, Miss.-based union. He had been indicted last November for stealing more than $300,000 by making unauthorized transfers of several thousand dollars each from the local checking account to his own personal account. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

CWA President in Mississippi Indicted for $300K+ Theft

Danny Woodcock tempted fate dozens of times. Fate was bound to catch up with him. And it did. On November 3, Woodcock, former president of Communications Workers of America Local 83770, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi on 48 counts related to his embezzlement of more than $300,000 from the Columbus, Miss.-based union. He pleaded not guilty and is currently free on bond. The indictment follows a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

According to court records, Woodcock, now 64, a resident of Caledonia (Lowndes County), Miss., during February 2013-September 2016 made almost monthly unauthorized transfers, most commonly in sums of between $5,000 and $6,500, from the local checking account to his own personal account. The indictment read: “…Danny Woodcock, while an officer, that is, President of Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 83770, a labor organization engaged in an … Read More ➡

Unions Among Contributors to Rep. Jefferson’s Defense Fund

Congressman William Jefferson has a knack for attracting the wrong kinds of people with money. That skill earned him a high-profile federal indictment a year and a half ago. The Louisiana Democrat is going to need his friends, too, which include labor chieftains, when he goes on trial in Alexandria, Virginia early next year. Voters in his New Orleans district also are showing their loyalty. This November they handed him a runoff victory over his rival, Helena Moreno, in the Democratic primary. And they’re overwhelmingly likely to return him to Congress when he faces Republican challenger Anh Cao in the December 6 general election, which, like the primary, is being held late due to Hurricane Gustav. The man’s been leading a charmed life – at least if one ignores the possibility of a prison sentence of up to 235 years.

 

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