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embezzlement 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.

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May 16th, 2013On May 16, 2013, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas, Owen Smith, former Secretary-Treasurer for Civilian Technicians Association Chapter 117 (located in Jacksonville, Ark.), was sentenced to three years probation, assessed a $100 special assessment, and ordered to pay $18,023 in restitution. On October 18, 2012, Smith pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $18,012. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas District Office.
October 18th, 2012On October 18, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas, Owen Daniel Smith, former Secretary-Treasurer for the Civilian Technicians Association Chapter 117 (located in Jacksonville, Ark.), was charged with one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $18,023, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). Smith then pled guilty to the charge. The charge and plea follow an investigation by the OLMS Dallas District Office.
July 6th, 2004On July 6, 2004, in the Ventura County (California) Superior Court, President James D. Torrez, former president of Association of Civilian Technicians Chapter 105, was sentenced to 180 days in jail for embezzling $9,801. In addition, Torrez must pay full restitution and faces three years probation on his release from incarceration. Torrez had previously entered a guilty plea on May 10, 2004, following an investigation by the OLMS Los Angeles District Office.
May 10th, 2004On May 10, 2004, in the Ventura County Superior Court, James D. Torrez, former president of Association of Civilian Technicians Chapter 105, pled guilty to one count of embezzling $9,801 in union funds. Torrez had been charged with two counts of embezzlement on July 21, 2003. The charges and guilty plea follow an investigation by the OLMS Los Angeles District Office.
July 21st, 2003On July 21, 2003, in the Ventura County Superior Court, James D. Torrez, former President of Civilian Technicians Chapter 105, was charged with two counts of embezzling union funds totaling $9,801. The charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS Los Angeles District Office.