Mob-Connected Chicago Union Boss Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

John Matassa Jr.’s biggest mistake was trying to qualify for an early retirement. He now is qualified for incarceration. On February 26, Matassa, secretary-treasurer of Independent Union of Amalgamated Workers Local 711, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois to one count of embezzling $738 in union funds, far below what he actually had stolen from the union and the government. He had been indicted in May 2017 on 10 counts related to his creating a no-show union job for his wife and collecting Social Security benefits for himself. Matassa for decades has been a reputed “made man” in the Chicago mob. The plea deal calls for 15 to 21 months in prison, plus $66,500 in restitution. The actions follow a probe by the Social Security Administration and the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and Office of Inspector General.

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Former Secretary-Treasurer of Laborers Local in Massachusetts Charged with Theft; Ordered to Stand Trial

Laborers logoLocal prosecutors in Brockton, Massachusetts are saying “later” to restitution money – at least until they hear another word: “guilty.” Susan Elliott, former secretary-treasurer of Local 1162 of the Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) in Brockton, Massachusetts, had been charged on March 24 with theft of $24,795 in union funds. She entered a not-guilty plea and was released without bail.

Prosecutors allege that on several occasions she made fraudulent use of the union’s ATM card. Elliott, 47, a resident of nearby Lakeville, Mass., expressed a desire to make restitution at her May 5 arraignment in Brockton District Court, but prosecutors are adamant about the case proceeding to trial. LIUNA Local 1162 represents about 400 Brockton city employees. Elliott had worked in the city auditor’s office before resigning in April. The charge follows an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards. (Associated Press, 5/6/09; OLMS, 4/21/09).… Read More ➡