Michael Oldham gambled over his head. He’s now paying a price. Last Tuesday, October 13, Oldham, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 1900, was indicted by a federal grand jury for embezzling nearly $39,000 in funds from the Taunton, Mass. (south of Boston) union, making false statements on government financial reporting forms, and evading personal income taxes. He also was arrested that day. The union represents military and civilian Army mechanics at the former Fort Devens in Massachusetts. The indictment follows an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.
Oldham, a resident of Whitman, Mass., headed AFGE Local 1900 during 2016-18. His alleged acts of wire fraud and related crimes began shortly after he took over from his predecessor. Insisting that union bank statements be mailed to his home rather than union office, he issued union checks to himself, funneling the money into a personal … Read More ➡