Pentagon Security Officers Chieftain Pleads Guilty to Massive Embezzlement

Arthur Penn represented Defense Department security employees. Under his control, however, the funds were less than secure. On March 25, Penn, formerly chairman of the Defense Protective Service Labor Committee Pentagon, an affiliate of the Fraternal Order of Police, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia to one count of wire fraud in connection with his embezzlement of approximately $384,000 from the Arlington, Va.-based union. He had been charged last November after a grand jury had indicted him on seven counts of wire fraud. The actions follow a joint probe by the FBI and the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards. He is scheduled for sentencing on July 2.

Penn, now 64, during 1999-2015 served as chairman of his union, which represents employees of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency. For much of this time, prosecutors alleged, Penn embezzled funds for unauthorized personal activities that … Read More ➡

Ex-Head of Defense Security Union Indicted for $380K+ Embezzlement

Arthur Penn headed a union that represents federal security employees. Unfortunately, he very likely created a good deal of economic insecurity for those employees. On November 6, Penn, who for more than a decade and a half was chairman of the Fraternal Order of Police’s Defense Protective Service Labor Committee Pentagon, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia for embezzling nearly $400,000 from the union, which represents officers of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency. A grand jury had issued a seven-count indictment for wire fraud earlier that day. The charge follows a joint investigation by the FBI and the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Penn, now 64, a resident of Quantico, Va., headed the Arlington, Va.-based union during 1999-2015. For much of that period, say federal prosecutors, he used his position as a license to steal. He diverted union funds to himself via … Read More ➡

Security Guard Employees President in Maryland Sentenced

For Sandra King, heading two unions meant double the opportunities to steal. It also meant double the risks of getting caught and punished. On October 19, King, former president of the Federation of Police & Security and the Alliance of Independent Workers, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland to five months in prison, five months of home detention and two years of supervised probation for embezzling funds from the unions, each based in Owings Mills (near Baltimore), Md. She also was ordered to make restitution in the amount of $57,328.01 She had pleaded guilty in July after being charged in June. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

The Federation of Police & Security (FOPS) and the Alliance of Independent Workers (AIW) represent private security employees in Washington, D.C. and Bethesda, Md. Sandra King ran each union starting … Read More ➡

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 has served as president of the Alliance of … Read More ➡