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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.

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October 24th, 2016On October 24, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Devon Madray, President of Security, Police and Fire Professionals of America (SPFPA) Local 119 (located in Roseville, Mich.), pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $20,097, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit-Milwaukee District Office.
September 27th, 2016On September 27, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, William L. Galloway III, former Treasurer of Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers & Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM) Local 192T (located in Reidsville, N.C.), pled guilty to one count of filing a false report, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(b). The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Atlanta-Nashville District Office.
September 26th, 2016On September 26, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, John Kaufmann, Jr., former President of National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE) Local 1442 (located in Chambersburg, Pa.), was charged and pled guilty to a one count information for mail fraud, in violation of18 U.S.C. 1341, in relation to the misappropriation of union funds. The amount of misappropriation will be determined at the sentencing hearing. The charge and plea follow an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia-Pittsburgh District Office.
September 16th, 2016On September 16, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, Lowell Wreh, President of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 1707 (located in Kansas City, Mo.), was sentenced to five years of probation and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $7,642 and a $100 assessment. On January 20, 2016, Wreh waived an indictment and entered a plea of guilty to wire fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1344. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Denver-St. Louis District Office.
September 7th, 2016On September 7, 2016, in the United States District Court for Eastern District of Washington, Charles Nelson, former Secretary-Treasurer of the National Council of Security Police (NCSP), formally located in Yakima, Wash., pled guilty to one count of embezzling over $140,000 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The sentencing is scheduled for December 14, 2016. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS San Francisco-Seattle District Office.
September 7th, 2016On September 7, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, Jason Leach, former President of United Steelworkers of America (USWA) Local 13-669 (located in Pryor, Okla.), was ordered to pay a $100 fine and a $25 special assessment. On May 25, 2016, Leach pled guilty to a superseding indictment charging him with one count of making false statements and representation of a material fact knowing it to be false, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(b). The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.
September 1st, 2016On September 1, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana, Todd Culley, former Secretary-Treasurer of United Steelworkers of America (USWA) Local 103 (located in St. Francisville, La.), was sentenced to two years of probation and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $91,926, in monthly installments of no less than $700. He was also ordered to pay a $3,000 fine and a $100 special assessment fee. On April 26, 2016, Culley pled guilty to one count of embezzlement of union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans Office.
August 30th, 2016On August 30, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, Michelle Clifton, former office manager of Insulators Local 78 (located in Birmingham, Ala.), pled guilty to one count of embezzlement, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c), in the amount of $23,014. In addition, Clifton agreed to pay restitution in the same amount. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Birmingham Resident Investigator Office.
August 29th, 2016On August 29, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, Donn Pendergrass, former President of United Steelworkers of America (USWA) Local 1191 (located in Mishawaka, Ind.), was sentenced to two years of probation and was ordered to pay $33,435 in restitution and a $100 special assessment. On May 16, 2016, Pendergrass pled guilty to one count of embezzlement, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.
August 29th, 2016On August 29, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Brownsville Division, Roberto Gracia, Jr., former President of International LongshoremenÕs Association (ILA) Local 1395 (located in Brownsville, Tex.), was charged in a Bill of Information, pled guilty, and was sentenced, for one count of 29 U.S.C. 439(a), failure to maintain union records, which resulted in a loss to the local in the amount of $26,354. As part of the plea, the court also heard that Gracia failed to maintain the required union records as the former President of ILA 1544 (located in Brownsville, Tex.), which resulted in the a loss to the union in the amount of $3,478. Gracia previously paid full restitution in both instances. The charge, plea, and sentencing follow an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.
August 26th, 2016On August 26, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, Jeremy Leach, former Secretary-Treasurer of United Steelworkers of America (USWA) Local 13-669 (located in Pryor, Okla.), was ordered to pay a $250 fine and a $25 special assessment. On May 27, 2016, Leach pled guilty to a superseding indictment charging him with one count of making false statements and representation of a material fact knowing it to be false, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(b). The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.
August 26th, 2016On August 26, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, James Adams, former Secretary Treasurer of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation (SMART) Transportation Division (formerly United Transportation Union) Local 427 (located in Byram, Miss.), was sentenced to five years of probation and was order to pay restitution, in the amount of $45,495, in monthly installments of no less than $600. Adams was also ordered to attend a money management class, perform 124 hours of community service, and pay a $25 special assessment fee. On March 29, 2016, Adams pled guilty to one count of making false statements, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(b). The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans Office.
August 19th, 2016On August 19, 2016, in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, Keith Christopherson, former business manager for Insulators Local 34 (located in St. Paul, Minn.), pled guilty to one count of embezzlement of union finds in the amount of $2,081, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Minneapolis Resident Investigator Office.
August 17th, 2016On August 17, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, Jeffrey Magelitz, former Treasurer of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 415 (located in Vienna, Ill.), pled guilty to one count of embezzlement of union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c), and one count of false statements, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(b). The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Denver-St. Louis District Office.
August 8th, 2016On August 8, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, Johnnie Miranti, an officer of Allied Novelty and Production Workers Local 223 a.k.a. the Toy and Novelty Workers Local 223 (located in New York, N.Y.), pled guilty to Conspiracy to Solicit and Receive Kickbacks to Influence the Operation of an Employee Benefit Plan, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 371, in the amount of $138,500. The plea follows a joint investigation by the OLMS New York District Office, the New York City Police Department, the Department of LaborÕs Office of Inspector General, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
July 21st, 2016On July 21, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, Adrian Lindsay, former Vice President of the Benefit Fund Staff Association (located in New York, N.Y.), pled guilty to willful concealment and withholding of records, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(c), showing use of association funds for expenditures of approximately $25,000 that were not authorized by the union. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS New York District Office.
July 15th, 2016On July 15, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, Malkia King, former President of the Benefit Fund Staff Association (located in New York, N.Y.), pled guilty to willful concealment and withholding of records, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(c), showing use of association funds for expenditures of approximately $25,000 that were not authorized by the union. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS New York District Office.
July 14th, 2016On July 14, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Central Division of the District of South Dakota, Kenneth Potter, former Treasurer of the South Dakota Staff Organization (located in Pierre, S.D.), pled guilty to one count of false records, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(c). He was then sentenced to 12 months of probation and ordered to obtain and pay for credit counseling. Potter had previously paid $4,130 in restitution. On April 22, 2016, Potter was charged in a one-count information with falsification of financial records required to be kept by labor unions, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(c). The guilty plea and sentencing follow an investigation by the OLMS Minneapolis Resident Investigator Office.
July 14th, 2016On July 14, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Bernadine Bell, former Treasurer of International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 757 (located in Detroit, Mich.), pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $73,000, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The guilty plea follows a joint investigation by the OLMS Detroit-Milwaukee District Office and the Department of LaborÕs Office of Inspector General.
July 1st, 2016On July 1, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Elmer Ray Booker, former Financial Secretary of International LongshoremenÕs Association (ILA) Local 30(located in Houston, Tex.), was sentenced to five years of probation and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $39,517 and a $100 special assessment. Booker was also ordered to serve 100 hours of community service. On February 19, 2016, Booker pled guilty to one charge of embezzlement of union funds, in the amount of $42,018, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.
June 30th, 2016On June 30, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Michael Schofield, former Secretary-Treasurer of Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Local 1046 (located in Plainfield, Ill.), pled guilty to a false report charge for helping to conceal an embezzlement of union funds totaling $31,850 during 2012 and 2013. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.
June 22nd, 2016On June 22, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Terry Aters, former Treasurer of United Steelworkers Local 7689 (located in Marston, Mo.), was sentenced to three consecutive weekends in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons, six months in the location monitoring program, five years of probation, and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $153,434 and a $100 special assessment. On March 24, 2016, Aters pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Denver-St. Louis District Office.
May 25th, 2016On May 25, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, Jason Leach, former President of United Steelworkers of America Local 13-669 (located in Pryor, Okla.), was charged in a superseding indictment with making false statements and representation of a material fact knowing it to be false, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(b). On May 26, 2016, Leach pled guilty to the charge. The indictment and guilty plea follow an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.
May 24th, 2016On May 24, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, Jeremy Leach, former Secretary-Treasurer of United Steelworkers of America Local 13-669 (located in Pryor, Okla.), was charged in a superseding indictment with one count of making false statements and representation of a material fact knowing it to be false, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(b). On May 27, 2016, Leach pled guilty to the charge. The indictment and guilty plea follow an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.
May 16th, 2016On May 16, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, Donn Pendergrass, former President of United Steelworkers of America (USWA) Local 1191 (located in Mishawaka, Ind.), pled guilty to one count of embezzling approximately $33,435 in union funds , in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.
April 26th, 2016On April 26, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana, Todd Culley, former Secretary-Treasurer of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 103 (located in St. Francisville, La.), pled guilty to one count of embezzlement of union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans Office.
April 6th, 2016On April 6, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, James Coffey, former President of United Steelworkers Local 5-887 (located in Newell, W.Va.), was sentenced to two years of probation and was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment. On December 11, 2015, Coffey pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $6,260, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). Coffey paid $7,419 in restitution prior to his sentencing. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia-Pittsburgh Office.
March 29th, 2016On March 29, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, James Adams, former Secretary Treasurer of United Transportation Union (UTU) Local 427 (located in Byram, Miss.), pled guilty to one count of making false statements, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(b). Restitution will be ordered at sentencing. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans Office.
March 24th, 2016On March 24, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Terry Aters, former Treasurer of United Steelworkers Local 7686 (located in Marston, Mo.), pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). On October 7, 2015, Aters was indicted on one count of embezzlement in the amount of $153,434. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Denver-St. Louis District Office.
March 1st, 2016On March 1, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Cynthia Gale Angulo, former President of the Currency and Security Handlers Association (CASHA), located in Houston, Tex., was sentenced to 10 months of confinement, split into three months in custody and seven months of home confinement, and three years of supervised release. She was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $61,272. On August 27, 2015, Angulo pled guilty to one count of embezzlement of union funds, in the amount of $61,200, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.
February 19th, 2016On February 19, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Elmer Ray Booker, former Financial Secretary of the International LongshoremenÕs Association (ILA) Local 1530 (located in Houston, Tex.), pled guilty to one count of embezzlement of union funds in the amount of $42,018, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.
February 18th, 2016On February 18, 2016, in the 8th District Court of Kalamazoo County, Michigan, Alton Alexander, former Financial Secretary of United Steelworkers of America Local 2-479 (located in Plainwell, Mich.), pled guilty to one count of misdemeanor embezzlement of $200 or more, but less than $1,000, in violation of Michigan Compiled Laws 750.174(3)(a). Alexander was then sentenced to six months of probation and was ordered to pay $2,553 in restitution, a $100 fine, and court and probation costs totaling $300. Alexander previously paid restitution in the amount of $1,653. The guilty plea and sentencing follow an investigation by the OLMS Detroit-Milwaukee District Office.
January 25th, 2016On January 25, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, Helen Genal, former Financial Secretary Treasurer of the United Autoworkers (UAW) Fox Valley Area Community Action Program (CAP), located in Oshkosh, Wisc., was sentenced to six months of imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release. Genal was also ordered to pay $30,020 in restitution and a $100 special assessment. On November 2, 2015, Genal pled guilty to one count of embezzlement, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit-Milwaukee District Office.
January 20th, 2016On January 20, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Michelle Misso, former bookkeeper for Ironworkers Local 63 (located in Westchester, Ill.), was sentenced to three months in prison and one year of supervision. She was also ordered to pay restitution totaling $31,161 (previously paid approximately $16,000) and a $25 special assessment. On October 8, 2015, Misso pled guilty to making false entries in records required to be maintained by LMRDA, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(c). The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office and the Department of LaborÕs Office of Inspector General.
January 20th, 2016On January 20, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, Lowell Wreh, former President of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 1707 (located in Kansas City, Mo.), waived an indictment and entered a plea of guilty to wire fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1344. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Denver-St. Louis District Office.
January 15th, 2016On January 15, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, Joshua Lewis, former Secretary-Treasurer of Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division (BMWED) Lodge 212 (located in Gillespie, Ill.), pled guilty and was sentenced to one year of probation and was ordered to pay a $25 special assessment. On November 17, 2015, Lewis was indicted for one count of false statements, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(b). The guilty plea and sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Denver-St. Louis District Office.
January 12th, 2016On January 12, 2016, in the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire, Gregory Paradis, former chief steward of the United Federation of Special Police and Security Officers (UFSPSO) Local 501 (located in Seabrook, N.H.), was sentenced to two years of probation and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $13,493. On October 2, 2015, Paradis pled guilty to one count of embezzlement of labor union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Boston-Buffalo District Office.
December 15th, 2015On December 15, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, Dawn Colley, former employee of United Steelworkers Local 8-719 (located in Ashland, Ky.), pled guilty and was sentenced for making false entries in records required to be kept by the LMRDA, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(c). Colley was sentenced to two years of probation and she was ordered to pay restitution totaling $4,200 ($7,446 previously paid) and a $25 special assessment. The guilty plea and sentencing follow an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati-Cleveland District Office.
December 11th, 2015On December 11, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, James Coffey, former President of United Steelworkers Local 5-887 (located in Newell, W.Va.), pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $6,260, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia-Pittsburgh Office.
December 10th, 2015On December 10, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Juan ÔAlexÕ Cedeno, former President and Health & Welfare Fund Trustee of Steelworkers Local 4-318 (located in Edison, N.J.), was sentenced to three years of probation and 250 hours of community service, and he was ordered to pay $33,583 in restitution and a $25 special assessment. On March 6, 2015, Cedeno pled guilty to one count of false reporting, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(b). The sentencing follows an investigation by OLMS New York District Office.
November 23rd, 2015On November 23, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, Tiffany Fawn Randle, former Secretary-Treasurer of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 652 (located in Kalamazoo, Mich.), was sentenced to one day of imprisonment (with credit for time served) and two years of probation, and she was ordered to pay $23,727 in restitution. On August 14, 2015, Randle pled guilty to one count of financial institution fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1344(2). The sentencing follows a joint investigation by the OLMS Detroit-Milwaukee District Office and the Department of LaborÕs Office of Inspector General.
November 20th, 2015On November 20, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Henry Shuler, former Treasurer of United Transportation Union (UTU) Local 1892 (located in Houston, Tex.), was sentenced to three years of probation and was ordered to pay a $10,000 fine and a $100 special assessment. On April 27, 2015, Shuler pled guilty to one count of embezzling labor union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). Shuler paid $40,118 in restitution prior to his sentencing. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.
November 12th, 2015On November 12, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, Eric Givens, former Secretary-Treasurer of Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge 189 Amtrak Police Labor Committee and FOP Lodge 189 (located in New York, N.Y.), was sentenced to 16 months in prison and three years of supervised release, and he was ordered to pay approximately $127,000 in restitution and to forfeit approximately $12,000. On June 24, 2015, Givens pled guilty to embezzling union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c), for embezzling at least $100,000 in total from the labor committee and lodge by fraudulently charging personal expenses and by withdrawing cash for personal use. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS New York District Office and the Department of LaborÕs Office of Inspector General.
November 10th, 2015On November 10, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, John Earvin, former President of the United Federation of Law Enforcement Officers (UFLEO), located in New Rochelle, N.Y., was sentenced to six months of home confinement, three years of probation, and 600 hours of community service, and he was ordered to pay $28,012 in restitution. On June 19, 2015, Earvin pled guilty to wire fraud in connection with ATM withdrawals from the union account for personal use, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1343. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS New York District Office.
November 2nd, 2015On November 2, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, Helen Genal, former Financial Secretary Treasurer of United Autoworkers (UAW) Fox Valley Area Community Action Program (CAP), located in Oshkosh, Wisc., pled guilty to one count of embezzlement, in violation of 29 U.S.C 501(c). On July 28, 2015, an indictment was filed charging Genal with embezzling $29,968 by issuing checks to self for false expenses. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit-Milwaukee District Office.
October 30th, 2015On October 30, 2015, in the Greene County, Missouri Circuit Court, Jackie Nutter, former Financial Secretary of United Steelworkers Local 15485 (located in Springfield, Mo.), pled guilty to one count of theft (value of property or services is $500 or more but less than $25,000), in violation of Missouri Statute RS:MO 570.030. Nutter was then sentenced to five years in prison (suspended execution of sentence) and five years of probation. Nutter previously paid full restitution in the amount of $12,284. On September 19, 2014, Nutter was charged with theft. The plea and sentencing follow an investigation by the OLMS Denver-St. Louis District Office.
October 27th, 2015On October 27, 2015, in the Hamilton County, Ohio Court of Common Pleas, Chad Petras, former Secretary-Treasurer of United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 342-C (located in Cincinnati, Ohio), pled guilty to one count of attempted theft, in violation of O.R.C. 2923.02, and was sentenced to 180 days in jail (suspended), one year of probation, and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $7,500 and a $150 fine. The plea and sentencing follow an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati-Cleveland District Office.
October 19th, 2015On October 19, 2015, in the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska, Richard Molczyk, former Treasurer of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation (SMART) Transportation Division (formerly United Transportation Union) Local 493 (located in Fort Dodge, Iowa), was sentenced to five years of probation and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $13,196 and a $100 special assessment. On April 13, 2015, Molczyk pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Denver-St. Louis District Office.
October 8th, 2015On October 8, 2015, in the United States District Court for the District of Northern Illinois, Michelle M. Misso, former bookkeeper for Ironworkers Local 63 (located in Broadview, Ill.), pled guilty to an information for one count of making a false entry in a book, record, report, and statement, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(c). Misso pled guilty to the factual basis that her false record was one of several methods she used to embezzle $47,161 from the union. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office and Department of LaborÕs Office of Inspector General.
October 7th, 2015On October 7, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, David Deitrick, former Financial Secretary Treasurer of United Steelworkers Local 10-1338 (located in Shamokin, Pa.), was sentenced to two years of probation and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $8,993 and a $100 special assessment. On April 23, 2015, Deitrick pled guilty to an information charging one count of embezzlement, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia-Pittsburgh District Office.
October 2nd, 2015On October 2, 2015, in the United States District Court District of New Hampshire, Gregory Paradis, former Chief Steward of the United Federation of Special Police and Security Officers (UFSPSO), located in Seabrook, N.H., pled guilty to one count of embezzling $13,493 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Boston-Buffalo District Office.
September 29th, 2015On September 29, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Paul Stewart, former Vice President of the Detroit Police Officers Association (located in Detroit, Mich.), was sentenced to 57 months in federal prison, three years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment. Restitution is to be determined at a future hearing. On February 23, 2016, Stewart was additionally ordered to pay $175,000 in restitution. On December 8, 2014, Stewart was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit honest services fraud through bribes and kickbacks. The evidence at trial showed that DetroitÕs two retirement systems lost more than $97 million on pension deals corrupted by bribes and kickbacks taken or paid by Stewart and his co-defendants in return for votes on investment decisions made by the boards of trustees of the two pension systems, of which Stewart was a member. During the conspiracy, Stewart accepted more than $48,000 in cash, trips, meals, drinks, and other things of value in return for his support on pension deals proposed by the givers of the bribes. The sentencing follows a multi-agency investigation by the OLMS Detroit-Milwaukee District Office, the Department of LaborÕs Office of Inspector General, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Internal Revenue Service.
September 14th, 2015On September 14, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, Sergio Rascon, Jr., former bookkeeper assistant for LIUNA Local 300 (located in Los Angeles, Calif.), was sentenced to one year of probation and was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment. On June 9, 2015, Rascon pled guilty to one count of embezzling $2,417 in labor union assets, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The sentencing follows a joint investigation by the OLMS Los Angeles District Office and DOLÕs Office of Inspector General.
August 27th, 2015On August 27, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Cynthia Gale Angulo, former President of the Currency and Security Handlers Association (CASHA), located in Houston, Texas, pled guilty to one count of embezzling $61,200 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.
August 20th, 2015On August 20, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Michael C. Trembulak, former President of Utility Workers Union Local 475 (located in Rochester, Pa.), was sentenced to five months of incarceration, followed by six months of home confinement, three years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount $31,528. On March 4, 2015, Trembulak had previously pled guilty to embezzlement of union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia-Pittsburgh District Office.
August 14th, 2015On August 14, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, Tiffany Fawn Randle, former Secretary-Treasurer of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 652 (located in Kalamazoo, Mich.), pled guilty to one count of financial institution fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1344(2), for using the proceeds of forged union checks for personal benefit. The guilty plea follows a joint investigation by the OLMS Detroit-Milwaukee District Office and the Department of LaborÕs Office of Inspector General.
July 30th, 2015On July 30, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, Maxine Davis, former President of National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE) Local 1953 (located in Barksdale, La.), was sentenced to one year of unsupervised probation and was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine. Davis previously paid restitution in the amount of $4,875. On July 27, 2015, Davis pled guilty to one count of false statements, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(b). The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.
July 27th, 2015On July 27, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, Maxine Davis, former President of National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE) Local 1953 (located in Barksdale, La.), was charged with one count of false statements, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(b). She then pled guilty to the charge. The charge and plea follow an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.
July 17th, 2015On July 17, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, Shirley Johns, former Secretary-Treasurer of National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE) Local 1953 (located in Barksdale, La.), pled guilty to one count of false statements, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(b). She was then sentenced to one year of unsupervised probation and was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine. Johns previously paid restitution in the amount of $7,190. The plea and sentencing follow an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.
July 6th, 2015On July 6, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Ira Alper, former Treasurer of International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) District 9 (located in Madison, Wis.), was sentenced to four months imprisonment followed by two years of supervised release including six months home detention. Alper was ordered to pay restitution of $41,568 and a $100 special assessment. On October 13, 2013, Alper pled guilty to one count of embezzlement of union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.
July 1st, 2015On July 1, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, Alfonso Rodriguez, former Secretary-Treasurer for United Transportation Union (UTU) Local 117 (located in Southworth, Wash.), was sentenced to three years of probation and 160 hours of community service and order to pay restitution of $34,601. On March 20, 2015, Rodriguez pled guilty to one count of false reporting, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(b). The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS San Francisco-Seattle District Office.
June 25th, 2015On June 25, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, William Magee, former President of Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers & Grain Millers (BCTGM) Local 252G (located in Memphis, Tenn.), was sentenced to three years of probation, with six months home detention, and ordered to pay $71,908 in restitution and a $100 assessment. On February 11, 2015, Magee pled guilty to one count of embezzlement of union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Atlanta-Nashville Office.
June 24th, 2015On June 24, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, Eric Givens, former Secretary-Treasurer of Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge 189 Amtrak Police Labor Committee, the national union representing Amtrak police officers, and an affiliated organization, FOP Lodge 189, (both located in New York, N.Y.), pled guilty to one count of embezzlement, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c), for embezzling at least $100,000 from the labor committee and lodge by fraudulently charging personal expenses and by withdrawing cash for personal use. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS New York District Office and the Department of LaborÕs Office of Inspector General.
June 19th, 2015On June 19, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, John Earvin, former President of the United Federation of Law Enforcement Officers (UFLEO), a union representing special inspectors employed by the Metropolitan Transit Authority in New York City, pled guilty to wire fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1343, in the amount of $28,012. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS New York District Office.
June 19th, 2015On June 19, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Warren Joseph Annunziata, former fund administrator of United Craft and Industrial Workers Local 91 (located in Williston Park, N.Y.), was sentenced to two years of probation and was order to pay $126,858 in forfeiture and a $100,000 fine. On November 24, 2014, Annunziata pled guilty to a violation of 29 U.S.C. 1111 (persons prohibited from holding certain positions in relation to an employee benefit fund). The sentencing follows a joint investigation by the OLMS New York District Office, the Employee Benefits Security Administration, and the Department of LaborÕs Office of Inspector General.
May 11th, 2015On May 11, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, Jesse E. Morgan, former President of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 1707 (located in Kansas City, Mo.), was sentenced to 21 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $138,011 and a $100 assessment. On October 7, 2014, Morgan pled guilty to one count of wire fraud, in violation 18 U.S.C. 1343. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Denver-St. Louis District Office.
April 27th, 2015On April 27, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Henry Shuler, former Treasurer for United Transportation Union Local 1892 (located in Houston, Tex.), pled guilty to one count of embezzlement from a labor organization, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c), and paid restitution in the amount of $40,118. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.
April 23rd, 2015On April 23, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, David Deitrick, former Financial Secretary-Treasurer of United Steelworkers Local 10-1338 (located in Shamokin, Pa.), pled guilty to one count of embezzling $8,993 from a labor organization, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia-Pittsburgh District Office.
April 17th, 2015On April 17, 2015, in the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska, Ray L. Lineweber, former legislative director for the United Transportation Union Nebraska State Legislative Board (located in Omaha, Nebr.), was sentenced to four months in prison, followed by an additional four months of electronic monitoring, three years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $102,907 and a $100 special assessment. On January 9, 2015, Lineweber pled guilty to one count of embezzlement from a labor organization, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c), for embezzling $102,907 from the union. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Denver-St. Louis District Office.
April 13th, 2015On April 13, 2015, in the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska, Richard Molczyk, former Treasurer of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation (SMART) Transportation Division (formerly United Transportation Union) Local 493 (located in Fort Dodge, Iowa), pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Denver-St. Louis District Office.
April 13th, 2015On April 13, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, David Deitrick, former Financial Secretary-Treasurer of United Steelworkers Local 10-1338 (located in Shamokin, Pa.), pled guilty to one count of embezzling $8,993 from a labor organization, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia-Pittsburgh District Office.
March 25th, 2015On March 25, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, Andrea Hobgood, former secretary for Ironworkers Local 58 (located in New Orleans, La.), was sentenced to five years of probation and was ordered to pay $3,600 in restitution and a $100 special assessment. Hobgood previously paid $14,039 in restitution. On March 12, 2014, Hobgood pled guilty to one count of embezzlement, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.
March 20th, 2015On March 20, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, Alfonso Rodriguez, former Financial Secretary of United Transportation Union (UTU) Local 117 (located in Southworth, Wash.), pled guilty to one count of false reporting, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(b), and accepted responsibility while also agreeing to pay restitution in the amount of $34,601. The sentencing is set for June 5, 2015. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS San Francisco-Seattle District Office.
March 6th, 2015On March 6, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Juan ÔAlexÕ Cedeno, former President of Steelworkers Local 4-318 (located in Edison, N.J.), pled guilty to one count of false reporting, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(b). The investigation disclosed that from April 2009 through October 2011, Cedeno embezzled $93,965 in union and health & welfare funds. Cedeno filed false LM reports in connection with the embezzlement of union funds. The guilty plea follows an investigation by OLMS New York District Office.
March 4th, 2015On March 4, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Michael Trembulak, former President of Utility Workers Local 475 (located in Rochester, Pa.), pled guilty to one count of embezzlement of union funds in the amount of $31,528, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia-Pittsburgh District Office.
February 11th, 2015On February 11, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, Western Division, William Magee, former President of Bakery, Tobacco & Grain Local 252 (located in Memphis, Tenn.), pled guilty to one count of embezzlement of union funds in the amount of $74,388, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The sentencing is scheduled for June 5, 2015. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Atlanta-Nashville District Office.
January 12th, 2015On January 12, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, Cedric Hughes, former Treasurer of the United Union of Professionals (located in Los Angeles, Calif.), was sentenced to probation for five years and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $15,193, a fine of $2,000, and a special assessment of $100. On September 8, 2014, Hughes pled guilty to one count of embezzlement of labor union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Los Angeles District Office.
January 9th, 2015On January 9, 2015, in the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska, Ray L. Lineweber, former legislative director for the United Transportation Union Nebraska State Legislative Board (located in Omaha, Neb.), pled guilty to one count of embezzling $102,907 in union funds. On November 19, 2013, Lineweber was indicted on one count of embezzlement, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c); one count of mail fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1341; and 15 counts of false records, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(c). The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Denver-St. Louis District Office.
January 8th, 2015On January 8, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Robert Mays, former Financial Secretary of Steelworkers Local 561 (located in Lancaster, Ohio), was sentenced to probation for three years, 208 hours of community service, and was ordered to make full restitution in the amount of $24,833. On September 12, 2014, Mays pled guilty to one count of embezzlement, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati-Cleveland District Office.
February 2nd, 2010On February 2, 2010, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Donald Spell, former employee of UNITE-HERE Local 12 (located in Cincinnati, Ohio) was sentenced to two years probation and ordered to pay $16,422.83 in restitution and a special assessment of $100. On October 29, 2009, Spell pled guilty to embezzling funds totaling $16,422.83. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
October 1st, 2003On October 1, 2003, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, Diane Lewis, former bookkeeper for the UNITE District Council of Northeastern Pennsylvania, was sentenced to 10 months in prison for embezzlement, three years of supervised release and ordered to undergo mental health counseling. In addition, she was ordered to pay $11,985.80 in restitution. On July 23, 2002, Lewis pled guilty to one count of embezzling more than $28,000 in union funds. The charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia District Office.
December 12th, 2002On December 12, 2002, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, Sullivan Hamlet, former president of UNITE Local 2603 in Greensboro, was sentenced to one year of supervised release. Hamlet previously made $4,567 in restitution and pled guilty to embezzling union funds following an investigation by the OLMS Nashville District Office.