Southern California Steelworkers Officials Plead Guilty; Sentenced

On June 3, Joan Dutton, former president of United Steelworkers Local 2801, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California to one count of concealment and destruction of financial records of the Signal Hill-based union in connection with thefts in the amount of nearly $16,000. She then was sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to pay a $500 fine and a $25 special assessment. Eight days later, on June 11, her co-defendant, local secretary-treasurer Tatia Clark, pleaded guilty to the same offenses, and received the same sentence. The pair allegedly had removed the records back in 2010 after the union announced a pending audit. In July 2016 they were charged in a four-count indictment. The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Steelworkers Secretary in Massachusetts Admits to Sufficient Finding of Facts

On April 9, Edgar Barajas, former financial secretary of United Steelworkers Local 4-1702, filed an Alford plea with the Marlborough Division of the Middlesex District Court of Massachusetts following a charge last August that he stole funds from the Marlborough union. He allegedly had made unauthorized cash withdrawals and debit card purchases totaling $10,279. Under an Alford plea, a defendant does not plead guilty but instead admits that the evidence is sufficient for a conviction should the case go to trial. By agreement with the union, the court will dismiss the case if Barajas pays full restitution and associated court fees within one year. The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Steelworkers Treasurer in Michigan Charged with Embezzlement

On April 24, Stephen Perez, former treasurer of United Steelworkers Local 402, was indicted in Grand Rapids federal court for embezzling $14,408.05 in funds from the Grandville (near Grand Rapids) union and then falsifying records to conceal the thefts. The alleged thefts took place during January 2016-March 2017. He faces up to five years in prison. The charge follows a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Steelworkers Secretary in Indiana Pleads Guilty to Theft

On February 27, Darin Kingrey, former financial secretary of United Steelworkers Local 706, pleaded guilty in Vermillion County, Indiana Circuit Court to two counts of theft totaling $7,464 from the Cayuga, Ind.-based union. The plea follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Glass Workers President in Texas Sentenced for Records Fraud

On November 6, Charles Webster, former president of Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics and Allied Workers (GMP) Local 284, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas to one year of probation for concealing false information in the records of the Longview-based union. He also was ordered to pay $4,633 in restitution, a $1,000 fine and a $25 special assessment. Webster pleaded guilty in May immediately after being charged. GMP voted to merge with the United Steelworkers back in August 2016. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Steelworkers Local Secretary in Massachusetts Charged with Embezzlement

On August 22, Edgar Barajas, former financial secretary of United Steelworkers Local 4-1702, was charged in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Marlborough District Court, with embezzling about $11,000 in funds from the Marlborough-based union. The charge follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Ohio Steelworkers Secretary Sentenced for Embezzlement

On July 18, Ronald Coldren, former financial secretary of United Steelworkers Local 207, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio to two years of probation for embezzling $30,639 from the Findlay-based union. Coldren had pleaded guilty this March after being indicted last November. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Steelworkers Local Officials in Ohio Charged with Theft

On June 26, Shantel Hunter and Travis Hunter, respectively, former president and former acting financial secretary of United Steelworkers Local 1-662, were charged in Wayne County (Ohio) Court of Common Pleas with theft by deception from the Wooster, Ohio union. Shantel Hunter is accused of stealing between $500 and $5,000; Travis Hunter is accused of stealing between $1,000 and $7,500. The union represents employees of International Paper. The charges follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

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Steelworkers Secretary in Arkansas Sentenced for Theft

On July 18, Pamela Noble, former financial secretary for United Steelworkers Local 6904, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas to five years of probation for embezzling funds from the Little Rock union in the sum of $43,274.97. She also was ordered to make full restitution, of which $33,274.97 would be payable to the union and the remaining $10,000 would be payable to the union’s insurance company. Noble had pleaded guilty in February immediately after being charged. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Steelworkers Local Treasurer in Wisconsin Sentenced for Embezzlement

On June 18, Cheryl Angell, former treasurer of United Steelworkers Local 2-144, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin to 13 months in prison and three years of supervised release for embezzling $98,711 from the Combined Locks (Fox Cities region), Wisc.-based union. She also was ordered to pay full restitution and a $100 special assessment. Angell, a resident of nearby Kaukauna, had pleaded guilty in March after being charged in January. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡