Iron Workers Business Agent in Indiana Sentenced for Extortion

To Thomas Williamson Sr., assault was just a way to do business – nothing personal. Given his new residence, he may need that skill. Last Monday, May 3, Williamson, former business agent for Portage, Ind. -based Iron Workers Local 395, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana to 54 months in prison for organizing and leading a violent assault against nonunion workers at a construction site in nearby Dyer back in 2016. He and ex-Local 395 President Jeffrey Veach each had pleaded guilty in January 2020 to one count of extortion conspiracy in the attack, which left several people injured. Williamson also will have to pay $30,869 in restitution to the victims. The pair had been charged in 2018 following an investigation by the FBI, the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Inspector General, and the Dyer Police Department.   

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Indiana Iron Workers Boss Sentenced Under Hobbs Act for Extortion, Violence

Jeffrey Veach may see himself as “old school,” but he’s about to get a new kind of education. On September 23, Veach, former president of the Portage, Ind.-based International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers Local 395, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana to 42 months in prison for conspiracy to threaten and commit violence against nonunion workers at a construction site in Dyer, Ind. He and other union members had tried to shake down an out-of-state contractor into hiring only union labor. He and another member, Thomas Williamson Sr., had pleaded guilty in January after being charged in August 2018. Williamson, who also pleaded guilty, is set for sentencing on December 15. The actions follow a probe by the FBI, the Labor Department’s Office of Inspector General and the Dyer Police Department.

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Bookkeeper for Chicago-Area Ironworkers Local Pleads Guilty

Iron Workers logoOn October 8, Michelle Misso, former bookkeeper for Iron Workers Local 63, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois to one count of making false entries in the records of the Broadview (suburban Chicago), Ill.-based union to conceal her acts of embezzlement totaling $47,161. She had been charged in August. The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and Office of Inspector General.

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