Upstate New York Steelworkers Financial Secretary Charged with Thefts

Brian Arnold had total authority over his union’s finances. That’s why the numbers didn’t add up. On October 29, Arnold, former financial secretary of United Steelworkers Local 104M, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York with one count of embezzling more than $33,000 in funds from the Elmira-based union and one count of falsifying financial records to conceal the thefts. Local 104M represents about 75 employees at Anchor Glass Container Corporation. The charges follow an investigation by the FBI and the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Arnold, now 48, a resident of Elmira, controlled all aspects of union finances. According to prosecutors, he used that control as a license to steal. During April 2016-August 2018, he allegedly embezzled funds in a variety of ways. He made unauthorized purchases totaling $14,639.13 at hotels, restaurants and retail stores with his local debit card; made unauthorized … Read More ➡

Steelworkers Secretary in Arkansas Sentenced for False Record-Keeping

On October 24, Deloistine Williams, former secretary-treasurer of United Steelworkers Local 929, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas to one year of probation for concealing thefts in the financial records of the West Helena, Ark.-based union. He also was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $13,205. Williams had been charged in August following a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Steelworkers Secretary in Tennessee Indicted for Embezzlement

On September 17, Travis Cofer, former secretary-treasurer of United Steelworkers Local 990, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee on one count of embezzling $12,432 in funds from the Maryville (near Knoxville) union. The indictment follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Michigan Local Steelworkers President Charged with Embezzlement

On August 15, Earl Roberts, former president of United Steelworkers Local 4, was charged in a three-count information in U.S. District for the Eastern District of Michigan with embezzling $53,697 in funds from the Yale (St. Clair County) union. The charge follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

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Michigan Steelworkers Treasurer Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

On September 3, Stephen Perez, former treasurer of United Steelworkers Local 402, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan to one count of embezzling $14,408.05 in funds from the Grandville (near Grand Rapids) union. He had been indicted for embezzlement and records falsification in April. The actions follow an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Steelworkers Local Secretary in Arkansas Charged

On August 20, Deloistine Williams, former secretary-treasurer of United Steelworkers Local 929, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas in an information count with making a false entry in the records of the West Helena-based union. The charge follows a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

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 ➡