On November 19, Amber Blake, former secretary-treasurer of International Association of Machinists Local Lodge 124, was charged in an information count in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois with making a false entry in the financial records of the Channahon (near Joliet), Ill. union. The charge follows a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
On October 11, Jeffrey Phillips, former financial secretary-treasurer of International Association of Machinists Local 836, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the District of Maine on one count of theft in a sum of more than $1,000 from the Kittery-based union, which represents workers at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. The indictment follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
For about a year, Kevin Crownover was too clever for his own good. He soon may have to do around that time behind bars. On January 31, Crownover, former treasurer for International Association of Machinists Local Lodge 2947, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California with one count of embezzling funds and one count of aggravated identity theft from the union, which represents mechanics employed at Lemoore Naval Air Station (Kings County), located south of Fresno. The total loss to the union is estimated at $50,879. The charges follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.
According to prosecutors, Crownover, now 46, a former employee at Lemoore Naval Air Station, during September 2015-October 2016 wrote at least 70 unauthorized checks and made any number of cash withdrawals from union bank accounts. In addition, to conceal the thefts, he forged the signature … Read More ➡
On June 18, Daniel Ross, former treasurer of Transportation and Communications Union Lodge 6721, pleaded no contest in the Superior Court of California, County of Alameda, to misdemeanor theft in the sum of $4,607 from the Oakland union. He then was sentenced to 30 days of incarceration (suspended), plus three years of probation, and ordered to pay full restitution and a $240 fine. The Transportation and Communications Union is an affiliate of the International Association of Machinists. The plea and sentencing follow an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and Office of Inspector General.… Read More ➡