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United Food & Commercial Workers, Local 655

Officials Sentenced

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.

September 18th, 2003On September 18, 2003, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Nicholas J. Torpea, former president of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 655 was sentenced to three years probation and fined $2,000 for making a false statement to an investigator with the United States Department of Labor. A condition of probation requires Torpea to serve three months of home confinement under the surveillance of electronic monitoring. Torpea had pled guilty on July 1, 2003, following an investigation by the OLMS St. Louis District Office.