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Practical Nurses, State Association - Licensed Practical Nurses Asn of Il

Criminal Charges

Office of Labor-Management Enforcement

The Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) conducts both civil and criminal investigations of alleged violations of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA) and related laws.

These investigations by OLMS District Offices involve issues such as embezzlements of union funds, union officer elections, the filing of required reports by unions and others with OLMS, and the imposition of trusteeships over subordinate unions by a parent body. These investigations may result in legal enforcement actions.

March 8th, 2001On March 8, 2001, in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, Elliot Cohn, president of a Florida-based firm that held itself out as providing collective bargaining and related services to labor organizations, pled guilty to one count of mail fraud which charged him with defrauding the Minnesota Licensed Practical Nurses (MLPNA) of $22,248 in reimbursement for airfare expenses never incurred, fraudulently increasing his compensation from the Technical Employees Association of Minnesota (TEAM) which compensation was a percentage of TEAMs expenses, and fraudulently increasing his firms compensation from TEAM from 70% of dues after TEAM expenses were paid to 100% of that amount, which resulted in an overpayment of $31,670. The charges had been brought following an investigation by the OLMS Minneapolis Resident Investigator Office.