On October 16, John McNamee Jr., president of International Alliance of Theatrical State Employees Local 829, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to embezzling $150,000 from the New York City-based union. He had been indicted in February for making about $240,000 in unauthorized charges on union credit cards and concealing the thefts by filing false financial reports to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). The local represents exhibition workers at New York-area sports and entertainment events. This criminal case is separate from an active civil suit filed in March by DOL against trustees of Local 829 benefit plans alleging gross mismanagement in the millions of dollars. The indictment and guilty plea by McNamee in the criminal case follow a probe by DOL’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
For more than seven years, John McNamee, Jr. avoided getting caught. Then reality caught up. On February 15, McNamee, formerly president and secretary-treasurer of Stage and Picture Operators Local 829, an affiliate of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), was indicted in Manhattan federal court on charges of embezzling nearly a quarter-million dollars from the New York City union and filing false financial reports. The following day, on February 16, he was arrested and arraigned. The union is also on the hot seat in a much more expensive way. On March 14, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) filed suit against the trustees of the local pension plan, alleging they had conducted more than $3 million worth of illegal transactions since 2006 and had failed to perform due diligence in managing another $11 million in assets.
Stage and Picture Operators Local 829 represents exhibition employees for New York … Read More ➡