LIUNA Business Manager in New Hampshire Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

All those years of being honest didn’t pay well enough for Dennis Robertson. His year and a half of being dishonest, however, will cost him a lot more than it was worth. On June 25, Robertson, former business manager for Laborers International Union of North America Local 668, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire to embezzling almost $38,000 from the Hooksett (Merrimack County), N.H.-based union. Although the charging documents referred to the labor organization as simply a “local union,” an online search by the Manchester Union Leader determined that this union was LIUNA Local 668. Sentencing is set for October 1. The guilty plea follows a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

According to court records, Robertson, now 43, a resident of Hooksett, served as local business manager for about 14 years until his dismissal in March 2017. He was … Read More ➡

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 prison. On February 26, Matassa, former 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.

John “Pudgy” Matassa Jr., … Read More ➡

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 ➡