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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.

June 8th, 2010On June 8, 2010, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, Kathy Oatman, former Secretary-Treasurer of UNITE HERE Local 228 (located in Eau Claire, Wis.), pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in excess of $4,000. As part of her plea, Oatman will make restitution in the amount of $4,662. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Minneapolis Resident Office.