Machinists Secretary in Maryland Pleads Guilty to $300K Theft

For a few years, Sarah Geddes Holmes used her union like a personal bank. She now might be facing a few years in prison. Last Thursday, December 3, Holmes, former secretary-treasurer of International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 24, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland to embezzling nearly $300,000 in funds from the union through embezzlement and bank fraud. She had been charged in an information count on November 23. The union represents more than 400 employees of a combined 10 employers at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. As part of her plea agreement, she must pay full restitution. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards. Sentencing is set for March 4.

According to prosecutors, Holmes, now 65, a resident of Clinton, Md., during May 2015-June 2018 embezzled local funds by writing checks to herself, … Read More ➡

Machinists Secretary in Texas Pleads Guilty; Sentenced

On September 16, Moises Romero, former secretary-treasurer of International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local Lodge 811, pleaded guilty in the District Court of Harris County (Texas) to misdemeanor theft of fiduciary property of roughly between $500 and $1,000 from the Houston union. He then was sentenced to two years of deferred adjudication. As a condition of his plea agreement, he already had paid $21,342. Romero had been charged in February with misapplication of funds in a sum of between $20,000 and $100,000. Local 811 represents about 2,700 ramp and fleet service employees of United/Continental Airlines. The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡