Maryland Security Union President Pleads Guilty to Thefts

Sandra King had bills to pay. She resolved the problem in an all too common way: stealing. Two days ago, July 21, King, former president of the Federation of Police & Security and current president of the Alliance of Independent Workers, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to embezzling a combined sum of more than $57,000 from the Owings Mills (suburban Baltimore), Md.-based unions. As part of the plea deal, she will have to make full restitution. She had been charged in an information count this past June following an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

If nothing else, Sandra King was a busy woman. During October 2014-September 2019, she headed the Federation of Police & Security, which represents private security guards in Washington, D.C. and Bethesda, Md. In addition, since 2014 she served as president of the Alliance of Independent … Read More ➡

NYC Police Union President, Treasurer Charged in $500K+ Benefit Scam

Police unions have been receiving much criticism these past couple months, and two trustees of a New York City police union benefit plan haven’t helped matters. Three days ago, July 13, Kenneth Wynder Jr., president of the Law Enforcement Employees Benevolent Association (LEEBA), was charged in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York with defrauding the LEEBA annuity fund of more than $500,000 following his arrest. Separately, LEEBA Treasurer Steven Whittick was charged with obstruction and making false statements in the case. Acting U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss explained, “Today we have charged two leaders of a union that represents local law enforcement officers for engaging in criminal conduct.” The charges follow a joint probe by the FBI, the IRS, the U.S. Labor Department and the City Comptroller’s Office.  

At the beginning of this month, Union Corruption Update analyzed the lengths to which police unions often go … Read More ➡

Ex-Wisconsin Association Head Indicted for Thefts

Most people would consider an $82,400 salary, plus the use of a free motor vehicle and housing, sufficient to maintain a decent lifestyle. But Stanley J. Kluss apparently isn’t like most people. As executive director of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association during 1986-2004, he supplemented his aforementioned income and benefit package with roughly $25,000 in unauthorized expenses from the union till. On October 5, the 63-year-old Kluss received the bill: a 37-count federal indictment.

 

Justice Department officials allege that between October 2000 and February 2004 Kluss defrauded the Madison-based police association in several ways. First, he charged personal items to the tune of $8,879 on its credit cards, disguising them as legitimate expenses by cutting the tops and bottoms off receipts. He also inflated official travel records by nearly 50,000 miles, fraudulently obtaining about $15,000 in reimbursements this way. Finally, he made $1,440 in unauthorized cash withdrawals from ATM machines. Read More ➡