Michigan Health Care Union President Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

The thefts by Hasan Zahdeh from his union were apparently a lot more than originally suspected. On April 13, Zahdeh, president of the Michigan Union of Healthcare Workers, an affiliate of the National Union of Healthcare Workers, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan to one count of embezzling funds from the Muskegon-based union in the sum of $140,498. He had been arrested and charged last December, and then indicted by a grand jury on January 7. Much of the stolen money was used to finance personal jet travel. The charge and guilty plea follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.  

Union Corruption Update covered this case early this year. Hasan Zahdeh, a cardiovascular technician with Mercy Health Partners (Hackley Campus) in Muskegon, part of Trinity Health, several years ago was a reformer who challenged his union’s corrupt leadership when … Read More ➡

Health Care Union President in Michigan Charged with Embezzlement

Whatever travel plans that Hasan Zahdeh had are now on hold. On or around December 24, Zahdeh, president of the Michigan Union of Healthcare Workers (MUHW), was charged in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan with embezzling at least $15,000 in funds from the Muskegon-based union for his personal use. He had recently been arrested in St. Louis (Gratiot County), Mich. “A review of MUHW bank records reveals hundreds of unauthorized and fraudulent transactions, including trips made by Zahdeh to Istanbul, Turkey,” said U.S. Labor Department investigations attorney Sarah Pons. Zahdeh has claimed his innocence.

The Michigan Union of Healthcare Workers is an affiliate of the National Union of Healthcare Workers, the latter of which began in 2009 as a breakaway faction of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). The MUHW would follow its own call to independence by leaving the corruption-ridden SEIU Michigan Healthcare. One of … Read More ➡