Steelworkers President in Arkansas Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

On April 6, Trey Huffty, former president of United Steelworkers Local 1731, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas to embezzling funds from the White Hall (near Pine Bluff) union in the amount of $37,368. He had been charged in January. As part of the plea agreement, Huffty will repay all stolen funds. Sentencing is set for August. The union represents employees of Evergreen Packaging. The charge follows a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Steelworkers Local President in Oklahoma Pleads Guilty

On April 8, Thomas Burkhart, former president of United Steelworkers Local 145, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma to embezzling $19,900 in funds from the Sapulpa-based union. He had been charged on March 25. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Steelworkers President in Oklahoma Charged with Embezzlement

On March 25, Thomas Burkhart, former president of United Steelworkers Local 145, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma with one count of embezzling funds from the Sapulpa (near Tulsa)-based union in the sum of $19,900. The charge follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Labor Department Calls Out Steelworkers, AFGE

Longtime readers of this publication no doubt have a sense of which unions are most prone to internal theft. The U.S. Department of Labor certainly does. In separate letters dated October 6, the DOL warned United Steelworkers President Thomas Conway and American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) President Everett Kelley that their unions are “disproportionately subject to embezzlement.” Anonymous DOL officials told the Daily Caller News Foundation, which had obtained copies of the letters, that such a step is “very rare.” The two labor organizations, respectively, represent about 575,000 and 323,000 members, and have combined assets worth around $1.4 billion. The action suggests that the department is giving extra attention to monitoring annual financial reports of unions generally.

The United Steelworkers, headquartered in Pittsburgh, has seen its share of thefts in the last couple years. This September, Brian Arnold, former financial secretary for the Elmira, N.Y.-based Steelworkers Local … Read More ➡

Tennessee Steelworkers Local Secretary-Treasurer Sentenced

On September 15, Travis Cofer, former secretary-treasurer of United Steelworkers Local 990, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee to two years of probation for embezzling $12,432 in funds from the Maryville (near Knoxville) union. He also was ordered to pay $9,608 in restitution on top of the $2,824 he already had paid, plus a $100 special assessment. Cofer pleaded guilty this past January following his indictment in September 2019. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Upstate New York Steelworkers Secretary Sentenced for Theft

At least Brian Arnold won’t have to serve any prison time. Last Thursday, September 10, Arnold, former financial secretary of United Steelworkers Local 104M, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York to two years of probation, including six months of home confinement, for embezzling $33,224.15 from the Elmira-based union. He also was ordered to pay full restitution. The local represents employees at Anchor Glass Container Corporation. Arnold had pleaded guilty this June after being charged last October with embezzlement and concealment. The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

According to prosecutors, Arnold, now 49, a resident of Pine City, N.Y., during April 2016-August 2018 made unauthorized purchases with the union’s debit card, ATM withdrawals from its checking account, and checks to himself from the checking account. All stolen funds went for his personal use. Given that he … Read More ➡

Steelworkers Secretary in Upstate New York Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

Brian Arnold had full control over his union’s finances – too much control. On June 9, Arnold, former financial secretary for United Steelworkers Local 104M, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York to embezzling more than $33,000 in funds from the Elmira-based union. The local represents about 75 workers at Anchor Glass Container Corporation. Arnold had been charged last October on one count each of embezzlement and concealment following an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

According to prosecutors, Arnold, now 49, a resident of Pine City, N.Y., during the period April 2016-August 2018 stole $33,224.15 in union funds in a variety of ways. For one thing, he made unauthorized purchases with his union debit card. He also made unauthorized ATM withdrawals, and wrote unauthorized checks to himself, from the union checking account. To conceal the thefts, he allegedly falsified … Read More ➡