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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.

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March 25th, 2014On March 25, 2014, in the State of New Jersey, County of Burlington, Michelle Garber, former office employee of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 1778 (located in Wrightstown, N.J.), was indicted before the Grand Jury and charged with one count of Theft by Deception (3rd degree), in violation of N.J.S. 2C:20-4; one count of Misapplication of Entrusted Property (3rd degree), in violation of N.J.S. 2C:21-15; and Elements of Computer Theft (3rd degree), in violation of N.J.S. 2C:20-25c in an amount in excess of $500 but less than $75,000. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS New York District Office.
March 6th, 2014On March 6, 2014, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, Janet Posey, former President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 2384 (located in Clarksburg, W.Va.), was sentenced to one year of probation and was ordered to pay a $250 fine. On October 22, 2013, Posey pled guilty to a one-count information charging her with receiving and concealing less than $1,000 in money and funds feloniously taken, stolen, and embezzled, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 662. Posey previously made full restitution of $3,026. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia-Pittsburgh District Office.
March 6th, 2014On March 6, 2014, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, Linda Bland, former Vice President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 2384 (located in Clarksburg, W.Va.), was sentenced to one year of probation and was ordered to pay $947 in restitution and a $250 fine. On October 22, 2013, Bland pled guilty to a one-count information charging her with receiving and concealing less than $1,000 in money and funds feloniously taken, stolen, and embezzled, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 662. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia-Pittsburgh District Office.
January 28th, 2014On January 28, 2014, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, Shelly Roanhorse, former Treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 3601 (located in Claremore, Okla.), was sentenced to three years of probation and was ordered to pay $4,565 in restitution. On October 21, 2013, Roanhorse pled guilty to a one count indictment charging her with making false statements, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1001. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.
January 28th, 2014On January 28, 2014, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, James E. Charleston, former President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 2107 (located in North Chicago, Ill.), pled guilty to one count of mail fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1341. A superseding indictment filed on August 15, 2013 charged Charleston with four counts of mail fraud and one count of theft on government property, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 661. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.
December 12th, 2013On December 12, 2013, in the Criminal Court of Nebraska, Lancaster County, Mark Whetstone, former President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 3928 (located in Lincoln, Nebr.), and AFGE Leadership Council 119 (located in Humble, Tex.), was charged with theft by deception, a Class 3 felony, for misappropriating more than $1,500 of union funds, in violation of Nebraska Revised Statute 28-512. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Denver-St. Louis District Office.
October 22nd, 2013On October 22, 2013, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, Janet Posey, President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 2384 pled guilty to a one-count information charging her with receiving and concealing less than $1,000 in money and funds feloniously taken, stolen, and embezzled, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 662. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia - Pittsburgh District Office.
October 22nd, 2013On October 22, 2013, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, Linda Bland, former Vice President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 2384 pled guilty to a one-count information charging her with receiving and concealing less than $1,000 in money and funds feloniously taken, stolen, and embezzled, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 662. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia - Pittsburgh District Office.
October 21st, 2013On October 21, 2013, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, Shelly Roanhorse, former Treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 3601 (located in Claremore, Okla.), pled guilty to a one-count indictment charging her with making false statements, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1001. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.
September 30th, 2013On September 30, 2013, in the 4th Judicial District Court, County of Rusk, Texas, Roberto Macias, Jr., former President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 2759 (located in El Paso, Tex.), was sentenced to three years of probation and was ordered to pay restitution of $2,775 and interpreter fees. On November 8, 2012, Macias was charged with felony theft in the third degree for a value of $2,800, in violation of Texas State Penal Code Section 31.03. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas District Office.
August 6th, 2013On August 6, 2013, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, Janet Posey, President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 2384 VA (located in Clarksburg, W.Va.), was indicted on one count of concealment of embezzled funds on federal property of more than $1,000, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 662. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Pittsburgh District Office.
August 6th, 2013On August 6, 2013, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, Linda Bland, Vice President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 2384 VA (located in Clarksburg, W.Va.), was indicted on one count of concealment of embezzled funds on federal property of more than $1,000, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 662. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Pittsburgh District Office.
July 31st, 2013On July 31, 2013, in the Adams County Wisconsin District Court, Christopher Zawikowski, former President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 3495 (located in Grand Marsh, Wis.), was charged with one count of theft in a business setting of less than $2,500, in violation of Wisconsin State Statute 943.20(1)(b). The charge follows an investigation by OLMS Milwaukee District Office.
February 19th, 2013On February 19, 2013, in the 290th Judicial District Court of Bexar County, WD Whiting, former President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 1757 (located in San Antonio, Tex.), was charged with one count of felony theft, with an aggregate value of $1,500 or more but less than $20,000, and one count of felony misappropriation of fiduciary/financial property, in violation of Texas Statues 31.03 and 32.45. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS New Orleans District Office.
January 9th, 2013On January 9, 2013, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Christopher S. Stansbury, former President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 1765 (located in Chicago, Ill.), pled guilty to embezzlement in a federal enclave for taking $499 in union funds, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 661. On December 19, 2012, an information was filed charging Stansbury with the same crime. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office and the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of the Inspector General.
December 13th, 2012On December 13, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas, Bryan Lowry, former President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Council 33 (located in Forrest City, Ark.), pled guilty to a one-count information charging him with making a false writing, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1013, and was then sentenced to two years of probation and was ordered to pay $4,114 in restitution. The charge and sentencing follow an investigation by the OLMS Dallas District Office and Department of Justice’s Office of Inspector General.
November 16th, 2012On November 16, 2012, in the Superior Court of Washington, County of Clark, David Currie, former President and Treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 2583 (located in Vancouver, Wash.), was charged in an information with two counts of theft in the 2nd degree, in violation of WA RCW 9A.56.020 (1)(a)/9A.56.040 (1)(a). The charges followed an investigation by the OLMS Seattle District Office.
November 13th, 2012On November 13, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida, Danny L. Hubbard, former President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 1380 (located in Panama City, Fla.), was charged in a 24-count indictment with wire fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1343. The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Atlanta and New Orleans District Offices.
November 8th, 2012On November 8, 2012, in the 4th Judicial District Court, County of Rusk, Texas, Roberto Macias, Jr., former president of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 2759 (located in El Paso, Tex.), was charged with 3rd degree felony theft of $2,800, in violation of Texas Penal Code Section 31.03. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas District Office.
October 23rd, 2012On October 23, 2012, in the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota, Melody Wouden, former President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 2342 (located in Ft. Meade, S.D.), was charged in a two-count indictment with providing a false statement, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1001, and larceny in an amount under $1,000, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 7(3) and 661. The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Minneapolis Resident Investigator Office.
August 28th, 2012On August 28, 2012, in the Superior Court of Washington, County of Clark, William Hainsey, former Treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) District 11 (located in Vancouver, Wash.), was charged with a single count of theft in the first degree, in violation of WA 9A.56.020 (1)(a)/9A.56.030(1)(a). The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Seattle District Office.
August 21st, 2012On August 21, 2012, in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, Victor Davis, former President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 3283 (located in Cleveland, Ohio), pled guilty to one count of theft from a union of more than $500 and less than $5,000. Davis was also ordered to pay $1,358.26 in restitution. On August 7, 2012, Davis was convicted by a jury of grand theft following charges brought by the U.S. Department of Defense – Defense Finance and Accounting Service Criminal Investigations Branch. The guilty plea follows a joint investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office and the U.S. Department of Defense – Defense Criminal Investigative Service.
July 17th, 2012On July 17, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, James Charleston, former President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 2107 (located in North Chicago, Ill.), Jacquelyn Pugh-Rodgers, former Vice President, and Mary Craigen, former Secretary-Treasurer, were each charged in a five-count indictment with one count of embezzlement of more than $1,000 on a federal enclave, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 661, and two counts of mail fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1341. The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.
April 10th, 2012On April 10, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, Vicki Guynn, former President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 1612 (located in Springfield, Mo.), was sentenced to four months of home confinement and three years of probation. On December 15, 2011, Guynn pled guilty to a one-count information charging her with wire fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1343, in connection with an embezzlement of $16,081. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS St. Louis District Office, the Department of Justice’s Office of Inspector General, and the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General.
March 1st, 2012On March 1, 2012, in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, a criminal information was filed charging Kevin Threat, former President of National Association of Government Employees (NAGE) Local R3-84 (located in Alexandria, Va.), with one count of theft within a special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States in excess of $1,000, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 661. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office and the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General.
December 15th, 2011On December 15, 2011, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, Vicki Guynn, former President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 1612 (located in Springfield, Mo.), pled guilty to a one-count information charging her with wire fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1343. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS St. Louis District Office, the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General, and the Department of Justice’s Office of Inspector General.
December 12th, 2011On December 12, 2011, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, Federck C. Petro, former President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 2094 (located in New York, N.Y.), was charged in a criminal complaint with embezzling $112,477 in union funds in a federal enclave, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 661. The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS New York District Office.
April 11th, 2011On April 11, 2011, in the First Judicial District for Jefferson and Gilpin County Court, Colorado, Heather Lynn Grover, former President and Treasurer of AFGE Local 1557 (located in Lakewood, Colo.), was charged with Felony Count 1 of Theft, Section 18-4-401(1), (2)(c), C.R.S. (F4) and added Misdemeanor Count 4 of Theft, Section 18-4-401(1), (2)(b.5), C.R.S. (M1) with a deferred judgment and sentence. Grover pled guilty to the charge and then was ordered to make full restitution of $5,529.26 and to pay all required court fees and fines of $290. The charge, guilty plea, and sentencing follow an investigation by the OLMS Denver District Office.
March 17th, 2011On March 17, 2011, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, an information was filed against Richard Barnes, former President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 517 (located in Atlanta, Ga.), charging him with theft by deception totaling $14,024 under the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, Section 16-8-3(a), as assimilated under Title 18, United States Code, Section 13. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Nashville District Office.
January 6th, 2011On January 6, 2011, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, Garold Lawson, Sr., former President of National Association of Government Employees (NAGE) Local 14-139 (located in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.), was charged with one count of embezzlement of union funds in an aggregate amount of more than $50,000, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). Lawson pled guilty to the charge. The charge and plea follow an investigation by the OLMS St. Louis District Office.
November 8th, 2010On November 8, 2010, in the United States District Court of Massachusetts, Stanley Barringer, former Vice President and acting Treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 3707 (located in Chicopee, MA), was charged in an information with falsifying and concealing a material fact on reports filed with the U.S. Department of Labor in order to conceal his misappropriation of approximately $22,180.00 of Local 3707 funds. The information follows an investigation by the OLMS New Haven Resident Office.
August 4th, 2010On August 4, 2010, in the United States District Court of Northern California, Duane DeJoie, former President of AFGE Local 1223 (located in Oakland, Calif.), was charged with theft and embezzlement within special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States in the amount of $5,369. The charge follows an investigation conducted by the OLMS San Francisco District Office.
July 16th, 2010On July 16, 2010, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, Daniel Gibson, former President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 3266 (located in Sallisaw, Okla.), was sentenced to twelve months and one day in prison followed by 24 months of supervised release probation and was ordered to make restitution in the amount of $33,986.39 and pay a $100 special assessment. On March 12, 2010, an information charged Gibson with making false statements. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas District Office.
July 13th, 2010On July 13, 2010, in the Hennepin County District Court of Minnesota, Lucy Irene Hastings, former Recording Secretary of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 1969 (located in Minneapolis, Minn.), pled guilty and received a stay of imposition of sentence, three years probation, and was ordered to pay restitution. On April 30, 2010, Hastings was charged with theft of union funds in the amount of $3,328.29. The plea and sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Minneapolis Resident Investigator Office.
July 12th, 2010On July 12, 2010, in United States District Court for the District of Western Washington, Sid Mannetti, former President of AFGE Local 1170 (located in Seattle, Wash.), was sentenced to twenty-four months of probation with six months of home confinement and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $50,463. On January 25, 2010, Mannetti was charge with embezzling union funds in the same amount. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Seattle District Office.
May 18th, 2010On May 18, 2010, in General District Court for Arlington County, Virginia, Richard James, former President of AFGE Local 1402, was charged with embezzling union funds in the amount of $1,550. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office.
April 30th, 2010On April 30, 2010, in the District Court of Hennepin County, Minnesota, Lucy Irene Hastings, former Recording Secretary of AFGE Local 1969 (located in Minneapolis, Minn.), was charged with theft by swindle of over $1,000. Hastings is alleged to have taken union funds in the amount of $3,328.29. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Minneapolis Resident Investigator Office.
February 17th, 2010On February 17, 2010, in Olmsted County (Minnesota) District Court, a felony complaint was filed charging Jeffrey Ver Meer, former Treasurer of AFGE Local 169 (located in Rochester, Minn.), with one count of theft-value over $5,000. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Minneapolis Resident Office.
January 25th, 2010On January 25, 2010, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, Sid Mannetti, former President of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 1170 (located in Seattle, Wash.), was charged with embezzlement of labor union assets in the amount of $50,463. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Seattle District Office.
November 17th, 2009On November 17, 2009, in the District Court of Brockton, Massachusetts, Joseph J. Morana, former President of National Association of Government Employees (NAGE) SEIU Local 01-86 (located in West Roxbury, Mass.) and NAGE -SEIU Local 01-25 (located in Brockton, Mass.), admitted to sufficient facts to the charge of larceny over $250 by a single scheme. Morana was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $7,696.48 and an assessment of $90 and placed on supervised probation for two years, which may be terminated early when restitution is paid in full. The admission follows and investigation by the OLMS Boston District Office.
October 29th, 2009On October 29, 2009, in the County Court of Hale County, Texas, Rudy Villa Jr., former Treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 2771 (located in Plainview, Texas), was indicted on felony theft charges. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas District Office.
June 9th, 2009On June 9, 2009, in the Brockton, Massachusetts District Court, a criminal complaint was filed charging Joseph Morena, former President of AFGE Locals 25 and 86 (located in Brockton, Mass. and West Roxbury, Mass.), with one count of larceny over $250 for embezzling $7,696 from the two locals. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Boston District Office.
April 10th, 2009On April 10, 2009, in the Montgomery County (Ohio) Court of Common Pleas, Monica Smalls, former Treasurer of AFGE Local 2209 (located in Dayton, Ohio), was charged with theft of $500 or more. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
March 17th, 2009On March 17, 2009, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, Don C. Padgett, former secretary treasurer of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 1304 (located in Greenville, Ill.), was indicted for one count of mail fraud relating to an embezzlement of $186,997. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS St. Louis District Office.
December 3rd, 2008On December 3, 2008, in the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico, Fidel R. Garza, former President of AFGE Local 2063 (located in Albuquerque N.M.), was indicted on fifty-eight counts each of wire fraud and deprivation of honest services associated with defrauding the local of approximately $84,000 in union funds. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Denver District Office.
November 24th, 2008On November 24, 2008, in the United States District Court for the District of Alaska, an information was filed charging Kevin McGee, former President of AFGE Local 3028 (located in Anchorage, Alaska), with one count of knowingly making a false material representation in a report required to be filed with the Department of Labor. The information follows an investigation by the OLMS Seattle District Office.
November 20th, 2008On November 20, 2008 in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, William Sargent, former Treasurer of AFGE Local 704 (Chicago, Ill.) pled guilty to one count of theft of property in a special territorial jurisdiction of the United States in the amount of $800. On November 10, 2008, a superseding information had charged Sargent with theft in the same amount. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.
October 30th, 2008On October 30, 2008, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Edna Latimore, former Secretary Treasurer of AFGE Local 900 (located in St. Louis, Mo.) was sentenced to six months home detention, three years probation and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $77,857.26. On August 7, 2008, Latimore was charged with making false statements on the local’s Form LM-3. Latimore omitted unauthorized payments to herself from the report. The sentencing follows an investigation by the St. Louis District Office.
October 27th, 2008On October 27, 2008, in the United States District Court for the District of Nevada, Janet Louise Johnson, former Treasurer of AFGE Local 2152 (located in Reno, Nev.), pled guilty to one count of theft of union funds at a place within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States. On June 4 2008, Johnson was indicted on one count of wire fraud in the amount of $11,251.44 and seven counts of theft of union funds at a place within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States. Johnson is alleged to have used union funds to pay for unauthorized personal charges made on the union’s credit card. The plea follows a joint investigation by the OLMS Las Vegas Resident Investigator Office and the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs Office of Inspector General.
August 7th, 2008On August 7, 2008, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Edna Latimore, former Treasurer of AFGE Local 900 (located in St. Louis, Mo.), was charged with one count of making false statements on the local’s Form LM-3. Latimore is alleged to have omitted approximately $77,000 in unauthorized payments to herself from the report. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS St. Louis District Office.
April 24th, 2008On April 24, 2008, in the Cambria County Court, Pennsylvania, Richard J. Vincent, former Treasurer of AFGE Local 3951 (located in Altoona, Pa.), was charged in a criminal complaint with two counts of embezzling union funds in the amount of $43,694.85. The charges follow a joint investigation by the OLMS Pittsburgh District Office, and the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General.
April 4th, 2008On April 4, 2008, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, Karimah Bailey, former Treasurer of AFGE Local 3197, (located in Seattle, Was.), pled guilty to embezzling union funds in the amount of $85,412, and making a false statement and representation of a material fact, knowing it to be false, on the local’s annual financial report. On March 19, 2008, Bailey was charged with making a false statement and representation of a material fact, knowing it to be false, on the local’s annual financial report. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Seattle District Office.
March 19th, 2008On March 19, 2008 in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, Karimah Bailey, former Treasurer of AFGE Local 3197, was charged with making a false statement and representation of a material fact, knowing it to be false, on the local’s annual financial report. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Seattle District Office.
March 4th, 2008On March 4, 2008 in the District Court of Val Verde County, Texas, Raul Castorena, former President of AFGE Local 1749, was indicted on one count of theft and one count of misapplication of fiduciary property in an amount greater than $1,500 but less than $20,000. The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS New Orleans District Office.
January 7th, 2008On January 7, 2008, in the City Court of Peekskill, New York, Glenroy Richards, former President of AFGE Local 2440, was charged with grand larceny in the third degree. During the period of July 2006 to November 2006, Richards is alleged to have utilized his union-issued debit card to withdraw a total of $11,243 from the union’s checking account. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS New York District Office.
November 15th, 2007On November 15, 2007 in the Circuit Court of the State of Oregon for Umatilla County, Robert Steele, former President of AFGE Local 1417, was charged with theft in the first degree and misapplication of entrusted property. The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Seattle District Office.
November 8th, 2007On November 8, 2007 in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Michelle Meek, former Treasurer of AFGE Local 3435, was charged with one count of theft within a special territorial jurisdiction of the United States totaling $7,278.28 and two counts of making false entries on financial reports. The charges follow a joint investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office, the Department of Labor's Office of Inspector General, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Inspector General.
July 30th, 2007On July 30, 2007, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, Brenda Sue Myers, also known as Brenda Sue Barnett, former President of AFGE Local 2282, pled guilty to one count of making a false statement. Subsequently, Myers was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $21,500 and sentenced to three years supervised release. On July 2, 2007, Myers was charged with falsely reporting that Local 2282 disbursed loans in the amount of $21,500, when she knew that statement was materially false and that she had taken the money for her own personal use. The plea and sentence follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas District Office.
July 2nd, 2007On July 2, 2007, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, an information was filed against Brenda Sue Myers, also known as Brenda Sue Barnett, former President of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2282, charging her with falsely reporting that the union had disbursed loans in the amount of $21,500.00, when she knew that statement was materially false and that she had taken the money for her own personal use. The information follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas District Office.
June 5th, 2007On June 5, 2007, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, Brad Harper, former Treasurer of AFGE Local 1629, was indicted on three counts of making false reports. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit District Office.
April 17th, 2007On April 17, 2007, in the Iowa District Court of Woodbury County, Marcia Dewey, former Secretary- Treasurer of AFGE Local 769, pled guilty to 2nd Degree Theft and was subsequently sentenced to a five year suspended sentence and placed on two years probation. On January 11, 2007, Dewey was charged with stealing union funds in the amount of $1,525. The conviction follows an investigation by the OLMS Kansas City Resident Investigator Office.
March 6th, 2007On March 6, 2007, in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Allegheny County Court, Christine Smith, former President of AFGE Local 2028, pled guilty to one count of theft by deception and one count of forgery. Smith was sentenced to seven years probation for each count to run consecutively and required to make restitution in the amount of $64,299. Smith was also barred from holding union office for 13 years. Prior to sentencing, Smith made an initial restitution payment of $3,000. Additionally, the court ordered Smith to sell or re-finance any properties she owned to pay the restitution, and set July 31, 2007 as the expected date for Smith to make "a significant and substantial payment" toward restitution or she will be incarcerated. On April 17, 2006, Smith was charged with 53 counts of embezzling union funds in the same amount. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Pittsburgh District Office.
January 19th, 2007On January 19, 2007, in the Iowa District Court of Woodbury County, arrest warrants were issued for Marcia Dewey, former Secretary-Treasurer for AFGE Local 769, charging her with one count of theft and two counts of forgery for drawing $1,525 in unauthorized checks from the union's account. The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Kansas City Resident Office.
September 26th, 2006On September 26, 2006, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Lawrence Marable and Deborah Powell, former President and Treasurer, respectively, of AFGE 1793 were each charged with five counts of theft of property in the special territorial jurisdiction of the United States, one count of making false statements in labor organization annual reports, and one count of conspiracy to steal property in the special territorial jurisdiction of the United States in the amount of $187,000. The charges follow a joint investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia District Office and the Department of Veterans Affairs' Office of Inspector General.
September 21st, 2006On September 21, 2006, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, Marc Green, former President of AFGE Local 2562, was charged with three counts of larceny within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States in the amount of $54,000 and three counts of filing false reports. The charges follow a joint investigation by the OLMS Dallas District Office and the Department of Veterans Affairs' Office of the Inspector General.
July 27th, 2006On July 27, 2006, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Mary Love and Danna France, former President and Financial Secretary, respectively, of AFGE Local 96, were each indicted on three counts of theft on federal property, one count of making a false report, and one count of creating false records. The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS St. Louis District Office.
July 13th, 2006On July 13, 2006, in the Arizona Superior Court in Yuma County, Janalyn Buseck, former Secretary-Treasurer for AFGE Local 2595, was charged with one count of theft greater than $3,000 but less than $25,000 by converting services or property of another entrusted to her and one count of theft greater than $3,000 but less than $25,000 by obtaining property of another through misrepresentation with the intent to deprive. The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Los Angeles District Office.
April 17th, 2006On April 17, 2006, in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Allegheny County Court, Christine Smith, former President of AFGE Local 2028, was charged with 53 counts of embezzling $64,299 in union funds. The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Pittsburgh District Office.
April 17th, 2006On April 17, 2006, in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Allegheny County Court, Lynda Holley, former Secretary-Treasurer of AFGE Local 2028, was charged with eight counts of embezzling $4,404 in union funds. The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Pittsburgh District Office.
April 11th, 2006On April 11, 2006, in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, an information was filed against Mary Garner, former President of AFGE Local 3653, charging her with one count of mail fraud as part of a scheme to defraud the union of $12,194.78. The information follows an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office.
March 6th, 2006On March 6, 2006, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Cindy Wright, former President of AFGE Local 1298, was sentenced to twenty-four months in prison and was ordered to pay approximately $32,000 in restitution. On October 5, 2005, Wright pled guilty to a one-count indictment charging her with making false statements of material fact. The conviction follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas District Office and the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General.
February 8th, 2006On February 8, 2006, in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, Laura Booth, former Secretary-Treasurer for American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 3129, was sentenced to two years probation and assessed $100. On March 15, 2005, Booth pled guilty to an information charging her with embezzling $18,749.41 from the union. The sentence follows an investigation by the OLMS Minneapolis Resident Investigator Office.
January 13th, 2006On January 13, 2006, in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, McKean County Court, Richard D. Yovichin, II, former President of AFGE Local 3974, was charged in a criminal complaint with three counts of embezzling union funds totaling $3,725.49. The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Pittsburgh District Office.
December 13th, 2005On December 13, 2005, in the Circuit Court of Burnett County, Wisconsin, an information was filed against James Turner, former Secretary-Treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Council 33, Bureau of Prisons Locals, charging him with one count of felony theft of over $2,500 in union funds. The information follows an investigation by the OLMS Minneapolis Resident Investigator Office.
August 17th, 2005On August 17, 2005, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Cynthia Wright, former president of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 1298 in Fort Worth, Texas, was indicted on charges of making a false statement. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas District Office and the Department of Justice's Office of Inspector General.
March 15th, 2005On March 15, 2005, in United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, Laura Booth, former secretary-treasurer of Local 3129, American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), pled guilty to a one-count information charging her with swindling $18,749.41 in union funds in violation of Federal and state laws. Booth pled guilty in Federal Court for committing a state crime in a federal building. The charge and guilty plea follow an investigation by the OLMS Minneapolis Resident Investigator Office.
February 24th, 2005On February 24, 2005, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, an indictment was filed against Pamela Tucker, former president of Local 2525, American Federation of Government Employees, charging her with 28 counts of theft of union funds totaling $6,564.82. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS New Orleans District Office.
January 5th, 2005On January 5, 2005, in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas (Ohio), an indictment was filed against Diane Hollins, former president of Local 3283, American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), charging her with theft of more than $5,000, but less than $100,000, in union funds. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office.
October 27th, 2004On October 27, 2004, in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona, Josefina Suarez Gonzalez, former president of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 1662, was indicted on 67 counts of embezzlement. The indictment alleges that Suarez Gonzalez embezzled $27,404.25 in union funds by writing unauthorized checks to cash and to herself in the amount of $23,504, and to her daughters in the amount of $3,900. The indictment supercedes an information filed September 17, 2004, charging Suarez Gonzalez with one count of embezzlement and one count of making false entries in union records. The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Los Angeles District Office.
October 27th, 2004On October 27, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, an indictment was filed against Doris J. Blue, current president of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 2207, charging her with forgery and obstruction of justice. The indictment alleges that Blue forged the presiding judge's signature on a document purporting to be a valid court order. The charges follow a joint investigation by the OLMS Nashville District Office and the FBI.
September 7th, 2004On September 7, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, Cynthia Walker, former secretary-treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 1027, was sentenced to six months imprisonment, five months to be served in a half-way house followed by five years supervised release. She was also ordered to pay $10, 419 in restitution. Walker was charged on December 16, 2003, following an investigation by the OLMS New Orleans District Office.
August 19th, 2004On August 19, 2004, in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, Verlia Jones, former president of AFGE Local 1012 and former treasurer for AFGE NY/NJ VA Council, was sentenced to three years probation and ordered to pay $100 special assessment for theft of funds. In addition, Jones was ordered to pay restitution of $59,513.49 to Local 1012 and the AFGE NY/NJ/ VA Council ($44,988.84 to Local 1012 and $14,524.75 to the Council). On September 10, 2003, Jones had pled guilty to the charge following an investigation by the OLMS New York District Office.
June 16th, 2004On June 16, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Denita Cromartie and Paul Reid, former secretary-treasurer and former president, respectively, of AFGE Local 1080, were indicted on three counts of filing false annual financial reports and two counts of mail fraud. The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Nashville District Office.
April 2nd, 2004On April 2, 2004, in the Ohio Municipal Court Criminal Division (Dayton), Ronald Richardson, former sergeant-at-arms with American Federation of Government Employees Local 2209, was charged in a three-count criminal complaint with one count of petty theft and two counts of tampering with records. The complaint alleges that Richardson embezzled $460 in union funds. The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
December 12th, 2003On December 12, 2003, in Sarpy County (Nebraska) District Court, Barbara Jo Henry, also known as Barbara Hillis, former treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 840, was sentenced to three years probation and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $7,821 for felony theft. Henry pled guilty to the charge on September 30, 2003. The guilty plea and sentence follow a joint investigation by the OLMS Kansas City Resident Office, the Bellevue Nebraska Police Department and the Department of Defense's Office of the Inspector General.
May 15th, 2003On May 15, 2003, in the San Bernardino (California) Superior Court, a Felony Criminal Complaint was filed charging Gerard Davis, former president of AFGE Local 1227, with one count of Grand Theft by Embezzlement following an investigation by the OLMS Los Angeles District Office.
March 28th, 2003On March 28, 2003, the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office issued a criminal complaint against Susan Bertram, former treasurer of National Association of Government Employees Local 01-195, charging her with one count of larceny over $250. She had embezzled over $21,000 from the local by withdrawing cash, writing checks and money orders to herself, and making wire transfers to her credit accounts from union funds. The charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS Boston District Office.
February 28th, 2003On February 28, 2003, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Thomas M. Payne, former secretary-treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 1938 in Huntington, WV, pled guilty to committing bank fraud. Payne admitted to defrauding the bank and the Local out of funds totaling $12,184.62 by cashing dues checks and forging checks to himself. The charge was brought following an investigation by the OLMS Pittsburgh District Office.
December 20th, 2002On December 20, 2002, in Martin County (Indiana) Circuit Court, Joetta A. Axe, secretary-treasurer of AFGE Local 1415, pled guilty to one count of theft of union funds. Axe was sentenced to serve 365 days in county security with 363 days suspended, pay fines and court costs of $137, probation fees of $160, and restitution of $10,232.62. The charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
December 16th, 2002On December 16, 2002, in Martin County (Indiana) Circuit Court, Joetta A. Axe, secretary-treasurer of AFGE Local 1415, was charged in a one-count information with the theft of $10,232.62 in union funds following an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
December 10th, 2002On December 10, 2002, in Kern County, California Superior Court, a 5-count criminal complaint was filed charging Mark D. Marquez, president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2730 (which represents U.S. Border Patrol Agents), with embezzling $1,297.14 in union funds. The charges were brought following a joint investigation by the OLMS Los Angeles District Office and the Department of Labor's Office of the Inspector General.
November 22nd, 2002On November 22, 2002, in the Imperial County Superior Court in El Centro, California, a criminal complaint was filed charging Edward Adams, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2554, with one count of Felony Grand Theft of $6,540 in union funds. The charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS Los Angeles District Office.
October 18th, 2002On October 18, 2002, in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, Verlia Jones, former secretary-treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), New York/New Jersey Veterans Administration Council, and former president of AFGE Local 1012, was arrested and arraigned for the embezzlement of $44,988.84 from both labor organizations. A review of the VA Council's financial books and records, including credit union statements, copies of canceled checks, and receipt records revealed that Jones used union funds for her own use by negotiating union checks to herself and authorizing union checks to third parties on her behalf. In addition she negotiated for her personal use per-capita tax checks intended for the VA Council. The charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS New York District Office.
June 20th, 2002On June 20, 2002, in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, Toy Jones, secretary-treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 1012, was indicted under 18 U.S.C. 661 on charges of embezzling in excess of $41,000 in union funds. The charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS New York District Office.
June 3rd, 2002On June 3, 2002, in the Maricopa County (Arizona) Criminal Court, Katherine Johnson, former secretary-treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2552, pled guilty to one count of attempted theft. Per the plea agreement, and subject to the pre-sentencing investigation and the sentencing judge's approval, she will be placed on probation and pay restitution of $26,516. She had been charged in a criminal complaint on January 29, 2002, which was superceded by a local grand jury indictment on February 27, 2002. The charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS Los Angeles District Office.
May 16th, 2002On May 16, 2002, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Emmanuel Graham, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2031, on trial before a judge magistrate, was acquitted on 14 misdemeanor counts of violating 18 U.S.C. 641. Mr. Graham had been charged in a 32 count indictment on June 20, 2001, with violating 18 U.S.C. 287 by filing false claims for travel and per diem with the Veterans Administration when he had already been reimbursed for those expenses by the union and 16 counts of violating 18 U.S.C. 641 for theft of U.S. government money corresponding to those claims. Pursuant to an agreement, the subject was tried on the misdemeanor charges only and the felony charges were dropped at the conclusion of the court proceedings. The charges had been brought following an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
March 21st, 2002On March 21, 2002, in Marion County (Indiana) court, Mack Dykes, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 1411, was indicted on five counts of forgery and one count of theft for embezzling approximately $7,100 in union funds. The charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
January 29th, 2002On January 29, 2002, in the Maricopa County (Arizona) court, Mary Katherine Johnson, former treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2552, was charged in a criminal complaint with knowingly converting union funds of a value more than $25,000 but less than $100,000, with the intent to deprive the local of those funds. The charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS Los Angeles District Office.
September 17th, 2001On September 17, 2001, in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, Ralph Varnardo, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 1674, pled guilty to one count of violating 18 USC 641, Embezzlement of Public Money, in the amount of $15,724. The charges had been brought following an investigation by the OLMS Boston District Office.
August 7th, 2001On August 7, 2001, in the Hamilton County (Ohio) Court of Common Pleas, Michaelene Vandine, secretary-treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2031, was indicted on one count of theft by deception from the union in the amount of $1,574.50. The charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
June 15th, 2001On June 15, 2001, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Gary Monsson, former secretary-treasurer of AFGE Local 3000, pled guilty to an information charging him with embezzling $51,464.49 in union funds. The charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS Dallas District Office.
On June 20, 200l, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Emanuel Graham, president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2031, was indicted on 16 counts of violating 18 U.S.C. 287 by filing false claims for travel and per diem expenses with the Veterans Administration when he had already been reimbursed for those expenses by the union. He was indicted on 16 additional counts of violating 18 U.S.C. 641 for theft of U.S. government money corresponding to those claims. The charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.