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Guilty Pleas

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.

February 14th, 2014On February 14, 2014, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Rufino Sanchez, former President of National Association of Government Employees (NAGE) Local R3-10 – Air Traffic Controllers Assistants (located in Aurora, Ill.), was sentenced to four years of probation, six months of home detention (special condition of probation), and was ordered to pay $18,765 in restitution, $18,765 in forfeiture of property, and a mandatory special assessment fee of $100. On March 22, 2013, Sanchez pled guilty to mail fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1341. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS New York District Office.
June 9th, 2011On June 9, 2011, in the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico, Joseph Chester, former President of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), Albuquerque Local (located in Albuquerque, N.M.), pled guilty to an information charging him with a violation of 18 U.S.C. 1343 (Wire Fraud) and was sentenced. Chester was placed on probation for one year, prohibited from possessing fire arms and explosives, ordered to participate in and complete a substance abuse treatment program and mental health treatment program, prohibited from incurring new lines of credit and entering into financial contracts, and was ordered not to frequent gambling establishments. Chester was also ordered to make the remaining restitution of $799.50 and pay a court assessment of $100 and a fine of $600. The guilty plea and sentencing follow an investigation by the OLMS Denver District Office.