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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.

DateDescription
July 26th, 2016On July 26, 2016, in the 17th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida, Roger Martinez, former Vice President of Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 296 (formerly located in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), was charged with one count of grand theft in the 3rd degree in the amount of $5,500. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Ft. Lauderdale Resident Investigator Office.
July 26th, 2016On July 26, 2016, in the 17th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida, Roger Martinez, former Vice President of Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 296 (formerly located in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), was charged with one count of grand theft in the 3rd degree in the amount of $5,500. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Ft. Lauderdale Resident Investigator Office.
July 18th, 2016On July 18, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Roy Murray, former President of Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 2014 (located in Chicago, Ill.), was charged in a one-count information with making a false entry in a union record, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(c). The information follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.
March 24th, 2016On March 24, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Simiel Campbell, former President of Transport Workers Union Local 2014 (located in Chicago, Ill.), pled guilty to one count of making a material false statement and representation on the Form LM-3 for fiscal year ending June 30, 2008, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(b). An information filed on March 22, 2016, charged Campbell with one count of 29 U.S.C. 439(b), superseded a one-count indictment filed on December 18, 2013, which charged Campbell with embezzling approximately $19,400 in union funds in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.
September 12th, 2013On September 12, 2013, in the United States District Court for the Western District of New York, David Kellner, former President of Transport Workers Local 2020 (located in Grand Island, N.Y.), pled guilty to a one-count information charging him with making a false statement on an annual report to conceal an embezzlement, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(b). The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Buffalo District Office.
January 2nd, 2013On January 2, 2013, in the State of Texas, 396th District Court in Tarrant County, Kady Tucker, former office secretary for Transport Workers Local 575 (located in Euless, Tex.), was charged with one count of intent to defraud or harm another, possess with intent to pass a forged writing knowing such writing to be forged. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas District Office.
September 4th, 2003On September 4, 2003, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Percella Roper, former bookkeeper of Transport Workers Local 234 pled guilty to an information charging her with one count of embezzlement and aiding and abetting in the embezzlement of $98,132.00 in union funds. The information stated that Roper (1) deposited $50,058 in union funds into a savings account that she kept at the TWU Credit Union, (2) converted $2,458 in union funds to pay union dues for herself and other union clerical employees, (3) assisted a TWU Local 234 officer in the embezzlement of $26,935 from Local 234 picnics, and (4) assisted the same officer in the embezzlement of $18,681 in cash receipts for sales of union clothing. Charges were filed on June 10, 2003, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania following a joint investigation by the FBI and the OLMS Philadelphia District Office.
June 10th, 2003On June 10, 2003, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Percella Roper, former bookkeeper for Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 234, was charged with embezzling $98,132 in union funds. The information alleges that Roper (1) deposited $50,058 of union funds into a savings account that she kept at the TWU Credit Union, (2) converted $2,458 of union funds to pay union dues for herself and other union clerical employees, (3) assisted a TWU Local 234 officer in the embezzlement of $26,935 from Local 234 picnics, and (4) assisted the same officer in the embezzlement of $18,681 in cash receipts for sales of union clothing. The charges were brought following a joint investigation by the FBI and the OLMS Philadelphia District Office.