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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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July 11th, 2013On July 11, 2013, in the Circuit Court’s First Municipal District of Cook County, Illinois, Anna Ippolito, former bookkeeper for Teamsters Local 734 (located in Chicago, Ill.), was sentenced to three years of probation after pleading guilty to one count of theft and one count of forgery. On May 9, 2013, Ippolito was indicted on three counts of forgery and one count of theft totaling more than $10,000 and less than $100,000. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office and the Chicago Police Department.
November 8th, 2012On November 8, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Ryan Forbes, former Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 1129 (located in Cartersville, Ga.), was sentenced to eight months in prison, three years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $35,952.57. On August 28, 2012, Forbes pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Tampa Resident Investigator Office.
August 28th, 2012On August 28, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Ryan Forbes, former Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 1129 (located in Cartersville, Ga.), was indicted on one count of embezzling union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). On the same day, Forbes pled guilty to the charge. The charge and guilty plea follow an investigation by the OLMS Atlanta District Office and the Tampa Resident Investigator Office.
May 7th, 2012On May 7, 2012, in the St. Louis County District Court of Minnesota, James Michael Hill, former Treasurer of Graphic Communications Conference of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (GCC-IBT) Local 76-C (located in Duluth, Minn.), pled guilty to one count of felony theft by swindle of over $5,000. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Minneapolis Resident Investigator Office.
March 21st, 2012On March 21, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Northern District, John Gianonne, former Vice President of Teamsters Local 706 (located in Chicago, Ill.), was sentenced to three months of home confinement, one year of probation, and was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment. Gianonne previously paid restitution. On December 7, 2011, Gianonne pled guilty to a one-count information charging him with embezzlement of union funds totaling $11,900, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.
July 7th, 2011On July 7, 2011, in the Circuit Court of the 18th Judicial Circuit of DuPage County, Illinois, Larry F. Shelton, former Steward of Teamsters Local 754 (located in Elmhurst, Ill.), pled guilty and was sentenced to 60 days in jail, 25 months probation, and was ordered to pay restitution of $600. A criminal complaint filed on June 7, 2010 charged Shelton with one count of deception (bad check) over $150. The plea and sentencing follow an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.
June 21st, 2011On June 21, 2011, in the United States District Court for the District of Nevada, Mark Winfield Tracy, former Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 533 (located in Reno, Nev.), was sentenced to two years in prison, three years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $10,000 fine and restitution of $87,119. On December 6, 2010, Tracy pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds. On March 3, 2010, Tracy was indicted on one count of embezzling $125,000 in union funds, one count of filing false Form LM-2 reports, one count of falsifying union records, and one count of willfully concealing and/or destroying union records. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS San Francisco District Office.
December 13th, 2010On December 13, 2010, in United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Jo Ann Duffy, former Project Organizer for the Teamsters (located in Washington, D.C.), was sentenced to 36 months probation, 50 hours of community service, and counseling for gambling. Duffy was also ordered to pay restitution of $13,738 to the bonding company at $50 per month. On September 1, 2010, Duffy pled guilty to one count of embezzlement from a labor organization for embezzling $13,738 from the union in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The sentencing followed an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office.
December 6th, 2010On December 6, 2010, in the United States District Court for the District of Nevada, Mark Winfield Tracy, former Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 533 (located in Reno, Nev.), pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds. On March 3, 2010, Tracy was indicted on one count of embezzling $125,000 in union funds, one count of filing false Form LM-2 reports, one count of falsifying union records, and one count of willfully concealing and/or destroying union records. Sentencing is scheduled for March 7, 2011. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS San Francisco District Office.
September 3rd, 2010On September 3, 2010, in the Clinton County (Ohio) Court of Common Pleas, Daniel Graves, former President of Teamsters Local 1224 (located in Wilmington, Ohio), pled guilty to persistent disorderly conduct. Graves was then sentenced to 30 days incarceration, to be suspended pending good behavior. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
September 1st, 2010On September 1, 2010, in United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Joe Ann Duffy, former Project Organizer for the Teamsters (located in Washington, D.C.), pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $13,738. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office.
July 15th, 2010On July 15, 2010, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Stacey Spalding, former bookkeeper for Teamsters Local 215 (located in Evansville, Ind.), was sentenced to one year at a work release facility and two years probation, and was ordered to pay $29,499 in restitution to Zurich Insurance of North America and $100 in court fees. Additionally, Spalding was ordered to make restitution in the amount of $1,597 for money diverted from various 401(k) accounts. On May 19, 2010, Spalding pled guilty to embezzling union funds in the amount of $29,516. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
May 19th, 2010On May 19, 2010, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Stacey Spalding, former bookkeeper of Teamsters Local 215 (located in Evansville, Ind.), pled guilty to embezzling union funds in the amount of $29,516. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
February 11th, 2010On February 11, 2010, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, Anthony Rumore, former President of Teamsters Local 812 and Teamsters Joint Council 16 (located in Scarsdale, N.Y.), was sentenced to two years of supervised probation including three months of home confinement and a fine in the amount of $10,000. On February 11, 2010, Runmore pled guilty to making a false statement when he failed to disclose income he received in the form of personal services by multiple employees of Local 812. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS New York District Office.)
February 11th, 2010On February 11, 2010 in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, Anthony Rumore, former President of Teamsters Local 812 and Teamsters Joint Council 16 (located in Scarsdale, N.Y.), plead guilty to making a false statement when he failed to disclose income he received in the form of personal services by multiple employees of Local 812.
January 8th, 2010On January 8, 2010, in the United States District Court for the District of Nevada, Monica Peaslee, former office manager of Teamsters Local 533 (located in Reno, Nev.), was sentenced to 48 months probation and ordered to pay $12,479.99 in restitution and a $100 assessment. On October 2, 2009, Peaslee pled guilty to embezzling union funds in the amount of $13,156 and falsifying union records. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS San Francisco District Office.
October 2nd, 2009On October 2, 2009, in the United States District Court for the District of Nevada, Monica Peaslee, former office manager of Teamsters Local 533 (located in Reno, Nev.), pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $13,156. On July 22, 2009, Peaslee was indicted on one count of embezzling union funds in the same amount and one count of falsifying union records. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS San Francisco District Office.
August 20th, 2009On August 20, 2009, in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, Daniel Fortier, former Secretary Treasurer of Teamsters Local 970 and former President of Teamsters Joint Council 32 (located in Minneapolis, Minn.), was sentenced to three years probation and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $13,556.65, a $2,000 fine and 150 hours of community service. On April 17, 2009, Fortier pled guilty to a two-count information charging him with making false entries in union records. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Milwaukee District Office.
May 1st, 2009On May 1, 2009, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Thaddeus Bania, Richard Lopez and David Rodriguez, former comptroller, Secretary Treasurer and Recording Secretary, and organizer, respectively, of Teamsters Local 743 (located in Chicago, Ill.), were convicted on numerous counts arising from multiple schemes involving the local’s voided October 2004 regular election of officers and a rerun election that was held in December 2004. Bania was found guilty on four counts of mail fraud and six counts of theft of union property. Lopez was found guilty on two substantive counts of mail fraud and one count of theft of union property. Rodriguez was convicted on two counts of mail fraud and three counts of theft of union property. The convictions follow an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office, the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General and the United States Postal Inspection Service.
April 17th, 2009On April 17, 2009, in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, Daniel Fortier, former Secretary Treasurer of Teamsters Local 970 and former President of Teamsters Joint Council 32 (located in Minneapolis, Minn.), pled guilty to a two-count information charging him with making false entries in union records related to an embezzlement of union funds in the amount of $8,202.61. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Milwaukee District Office.
March 23rd, 2009On March 23, 2009, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Robert Walston, former President of Teamsters Local 743 (located in Chicago, Ill.), pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, theft from a labor organization and one count of embezzlement of property and other assets of a labor organization in connection with his role in rigging the 2004 elections of union officers. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office, the Department of Labor's Office of Inspector General and the United States Postal Inspection Service.
March 5th, 2009On March 5, 2009, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Cassandra Mosley, former Business Agent of Teamsters Local 743 (located in Chicago, Ill.), pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and theft from a labor organization and one count of embezzlement from a labor organization.The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office, the Department of Labor's Office of Inspector General and the United States Postal Inspection Service.
July 7th, 2008On July 7, 2008, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Heather Lott, former bookkeeper of Teamsters Local 19 (located in Houston, Tex.), was sentenced to eighteen months imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $140,952. On April 7, 2008, Lott pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $140,000. The sentencing follows a joint investigation by the OLMS New Orleans District Office and the Department of Labor's Office of Inspector General.
May 9th, 2008On May 9, 2008, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Kathy Thompson, former employee of Teamsters Local 325 (located in Rockford, Ill.), was sentenced to five years probation, including seven months of home confinement with electronic monitoring, and ordered to liquidate her retirement savings account and pay approximately $29,000 in restitution. On December 17, 2007, Thompson pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $33,770. The sentencing follows a joint investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office and the Department of Labor’s Office of the Inspector General.
April 7th, 2008On April 7, 2008, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Heather Lott, former bookkeeper of Teamsters Local 19, pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $140,000. Lott was also ordered to make full restitution. On October 18, 2007, Lott was charged with one count of embezzling union funds in the same amount. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS New Orleans District Office.
December 17th, 2007On December 17, 2007 in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, an information was filed against Kathleen Thompson, former employee of Teamsters Local 325, charging her with one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $33,770. On December 21, 2007, Thompson pled guilty to the offense. The plea follows a joint investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office and the Department of Labor’s Office of the Inspector General. PDF
June 21st, 2007On June 21, 2007, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Kenneth E. Hilbish, former President of Teamsters Local 528, was sentenced to three years probation, ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $7,000 and pay a special assessment fee of $100. Hilbish was also barred from holding union office for 13 years. From 2001-2002, Hilbish unlawfully obtained assets of Local 528 totaling $21,305. On October 20, 2006, Hilbish pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the same amount. The sentencing follows a joint investigation by the OLMS Atlanta District Office and Tampa Resident Investigator Office and the Department of Labor's Office of Inspector General.
December 8th, 2006On December 8, 2006, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Charles Crawley, former President of Teamsters Local 988, was found guilty of mail fraud arising from a scheme to defraud the local union members' right to honest services by using the mail during an October 2002 union officer election. Crawley was also convicted of embezzling union property in the form of a ballot and address labels in connection with the election. In addition, he was convicted of arranging and accepting a $20,000 kickback from the installer of a telephone system into the union's hall and of falsifying the voucher for the telephone installation. On June 8, 2006, Crawley was charged with one count each of mail fraud and embezzlement of union funds in the amount of $20,000. The conviction follows a joint investigation by the OLMS New Orleans District Office, the FBI, and the Department of Labor's Office of Inspector General.
March 23rd, 2006On March 23, 2006, in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Richard Lyter, former Executive Assistant to the General Secretary-Treasurer of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, was sentenced to five years probation and was ordered to pay $1,002.74 in unpaid restitution to the union and to notify his current employer of his conviction within 30 days. On December 13, 2005, Lyter pled guilty to one count of making false entries in union records as part of his scheme to embezzle more than $14,100 from the union. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office.
February 16th, 2006On February 16, 2006, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Marcia Huizenga, former bookkeeper and office manager for Teamsters Local 822, was sentenced to three months in prison, followed by five months of home detention and three years of supervised probation. Huizenga was also ordered to pay full restitution. On November 4, 2005, Huizenga pled guilty to one count of embezzling $47,131 in union funds. The conviction follows an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office.
February 6th, 2006On February 6, 2006, in the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii, Anthony Rutledge, former Financial Secretary-Treasurer for Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees (HERE), Local 5, and former President of Unity House, a non-profit labor organization that provides benefits to about 20,000 members and retirees of HERE Local 5 and Teamsters Local 996, entered into a plea agreement in which Rutledge pled guilty to one count of knowingly falsifying a tax return and was sentenced to three years probation. Under terms of the plea agreement, Rutledge must permanently disassociate himself from Unity House, which his father, Art Rutledge, founded in 1951. Rutledge's son, Aaron, pled guilty to one count of witness harassment and was sentenced to one year probation. Under terms of his plea agreement, Aaron Rutledge must resign immediately as Executive Vice President of Unity House and must disassociate himself from the organization and its assets while on probation. In August 2003, both Anthony and Aaron Rutledge were indicted for skimming $350,000 in earnings from the family's Waikiki Beach concession stand from 1992 to 1997 and using the money as a slush fund. A superseding indictment in December 2003 alleged that Anthony Rutledge had tried to divert a portion of Unity House's $42.2 million in assets to overseas investments in an apparent attempt to circumvent the ongoing criminal investigation. Twelve other fraud charges against him were dismissed as part of the agreement. The guilty pleas follow an investigation by the OLMS Honolulu Resident Investigator Office, the Internal Revenue Service, and DOL's Employee Benefits Security Administration and Office of the Inspector General.
December 13th, 2005On December 13, 2005, in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Richard Lyter, former Executive Assistant to the General Secretary-Treasurer of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, pled guilty to an information charging him with one count of making false entries in union records. Lyter charged meals with his wife on his union credit card and then wrote false names and business purposes in the union records to make it appear that these meals were for legitimate union purposes. Lyter wrote false information on union records for more than 300 meals totaling over $14,100. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office.
November 7th, 2005On November 7, 2005 in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Marcia Huizenga, former bookkeeper and office manager for Teamsters Local 822, pled guilty to a one-count information charging her with embezzling union funds totaling $47,131. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office.
August 25th, 2005On August 25, 2005, in the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii, Anthony Rutledge, former financial secretary-treasurer of Local 5, Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees, and former president of Unity House, an umbrella organization that provides benefits to members of Local 5 and Teamsters Local 996, pled guilty to one count of knowingly falsifying a tax return. Sentencing is scheduled for April 10, 2006. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Honolulu Resident Investigator Office, DOL's Employee Benefits Security Administration and Office of Inspector General, and the Internal Revenue Service, among others.
June 18th, 2004On June 18, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, Lynn Dianne Kittelson, former secretary for Teamsters Local 142, pled guilty to one count of making false entries in union records. She was subsequently sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to undergo monthly drug testing. On January 30, 2004, an information was filed against Kittelson following an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.
January 9th, 2003On January 9, 2003, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, Kenneth D. Stacey, former president of Teamsters Local 651, was sentenced to one year of probation with four months of home confinement and ordered to pay a fine of $1,000 and a $100 assessment. Full restitution was made when Stacey pled guilty to embezzling $10,359.93 in union funds on September 26, 2002. The charge was brought following an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
December 12th, 2002On December 12, 2002 in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, Cathy R. Josselyn, former bookkeeper for Teamsters Local 853, was sentenced to one year of probation, fined $25, and ordered to perform 100 hours of community service. Josselyn pled guilty on September 9, 2002, to making false entries in union financial records following a joint investigation by the OLMS San Francisco District Office and the Department of Labor's Office of the Inspector General.
October 31st, 2002On October 31, 2002, in the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii, Roberta Cabral, a former Unity House consultant, was sentenced to ten months imprisonment and three years of probation. She was also ordered to make restitution of $25,000 to Unity House and to perform 2,500 hours of community service. Unity House is a non-profit organization established to benefit members of Hotel and Restaurant Employees Local 5 and Hawaii Teamsters locals. She had plead guilty on June 17, 2002, to tax evasion for 1992 and 1993, failing to file a federal income tax return for 1994, and wire fraud. The charges had been brought following a joint investigation by the OLMS Honolulu Resident Investigator Office and other federal law enforcement agencies.
September 26th, 2002On September 26, 2002 in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, Kenneth D. Stacey, former president of Teamsters Local 651, pled guilty after being charged in a one-count information with embezzling $10,359.93 in union funds. The charge was brought following an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
September 9th, 2002On September 9, 2002, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, Cathy R. Josselyn, former bookkeeper of Teamsters Local 853, pled guilty to one count of making false entries in union financial records, following an investigation by the OLMS San Francisco District Office and the Department of Labor's Office of the Inspector General.
June 17th, 2002On June 17, 2002, in the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii, Roberta Cabral, a former Unity House consultant, pled guilty to three felony charges of evading personal income taxes in 1992 and 1993 and wire fraud for attempting to defraud Unity House. She also pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of failing to file an individual federal income tax return for 1994. Unity House is a non-profit organization established to benefit members of Hotel and Restaurant Employees Local 5 and Hawaii Teamsters locals. The fraud involved a kickback scheme to defraud Unity House by inflating the costs of producing a television movie. Cabral had been indicted on May 4, 2000 on charges of wire fraud in the amount of $150,000 following a joint investigation by the OLMS Honolulu Resident Investigator Office and other federal law enforcement agencies.
March 28th, 2002On March 28, 2002, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, Jessie A. McGee, former business agent of Teamsters Local 891, pled guilty to making false entries in union records and was sentenced to two years probation. He had previously made restitution of $2,782 to the union. He had been indicted earlier on one count of embezzlement and one count of falsifying union records following an investigation by the OLMS New Orleans District Office.
August 30th, 2001On August 30, 2001, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Stanley Bennett, former secrretary-treasurer of Teamsters Local 1137, was sentenced to three years probation; fined $200; ordered to serve four months of home detention, including two months with electric monitoring; and ordered to make restitution of $6,477.56. He had earlier pled guilty to embezzling union funds following an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.