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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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September 26th, 2016On September 26, 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.), was charged in an information with one count of filing a false report, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(b). The charge 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 14th, 2016On September 14, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, David Sager, former President of United Steelworkers Local 5000 (located in Middleburg Heights, Ohio), was indicted on nine counts of embezzlement, 18 counts of mail fraud, one count of obstruction of justice, and one count of false statements to law enforcement, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c), 18 U.S.C. 1341, 18 U.S.C. 1512(c)(2), and 18 U.S.C. 1001, respectively. The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati-Cleveland District Office, Department of LaborÕs Office of Inspector General, and the Internal Revenue Service.
September 7th, 2016On September 7, 2016, in the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota, John Bickerstaff, former business manager of Heat & Frost Insulators Local 133 (located in Bismarck, N.D.), was charged with one count of embezzling $70,659, one count of filing a false report, and one count of willfully concealing records, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c), 29 U.S.C. 439(b), and 29 U.S.C. 439(c), respectively. The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Detroit-Milwaukee 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.
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.
July 21st, 2016On July 21, 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.), was charged in a one-count information with embezzling union funds in the amount of $2,081, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The information follows an investigation by the OLMS Minneapolis Resident Investigator Office.
July 20th, 2016On July 20, 2016, in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, Scot McNamara, former business agent and Financial Secretary of Insulators Local 34 (located in St. Paul, Minn.), was charged in a four-count indictment with embezzling union funds in the amount of $7,761, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Minneapolis Resident Investigator 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, Devon Madray, President of Security, Police and Fire Professionals of America (SPFPA) Local 119 (located in Roseville, Mich.), was charged in a one-count indictment with embezzling union funds in the approximate amount of $20,000, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit-Milwaukee District Office.
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.
July 1st, 2016On July 1, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, Joan Dutton and Tatia Clark, former President and former Financial Secretary, respectively, of Steelworkers Local 2801 (located in Signal Hill, Calif.), were each charged in a four-count indictment for conspiring, and aiding and abetting the other, in the embezzlement of $15,935 in union funds and in the concealment, withholding, and destruction of union records, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 371, 18 U.S.C. 2(a), 29 U.S.C. 501(c), and 29 U.S.C. 439(c), respectively. The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Los Angeles 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 23rd, 2016On June 23, 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.), was charged in a one-count bill of information with making a false entry with respect to the filing of the unionÕs LM-4 report for fiscal year ending March 31, 2013. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.
June 16th, 2016On June 16, 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.), was charged in a one-count information with embezzlement of union funds in the approximate amount of $73,000, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The information follows a joint investigation by the OLMS Detroit-Milwaukee District Office and the Department of LaborÕs Office of Inspector General.
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.
April 22nd, 2016On April 22, 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.), 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). Potter was previously charged in a one-count indictment on March 15, 2016 with embezzling union funds in the amount of $4,130, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Minneapolis Resident Investigator Office.
April 14th, 2016On April 14, 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.), was charged in a one-count bill of information with embezzlement of union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The charge 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 New York, Malkia King and Adrian Lindsay, former President and Vice President, respectively, of the Benefit Fund Staff Association (BFSA), located in New York, N.Y., were each charged in a complaint with conspiracy and embezzlement of union funds in the amount of approximately $25,000, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 371 and 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The charges follow and investigation by the OLMS New York District Office.
January 12th, 2016On January 12, 2016, in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, Herbert White, Jr., former Financial Secretary-Treasurer of Local 8936 (located in Wilmington, Del.), was charged in a criminal complaint with embezzling $24,287 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia-Pittsburgh 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 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 8th, 2015On October 8, 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.), was charged in a three-count indictment for embezzling $7,201 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati-Cleveland District Office.
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 6th, 2015On October 6, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, James Coffey, Jr., former President of United Steelworkers Local 5-887 (located in Newell, W.Va.), was charged in a two-count indictment with embezzling $7,098 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia-Pittsburgh Office.
September 30th, 2015On September 30, 2015, in the 8th District Court of Kalamazoo County, Michigan, a criminal complaint was filed charging Alton Alexander, former Financial Secretary of United Steelworkers of America Local 2-479 (located in Plainwell, Mich.), with one count of misdemeanor embezzlement of $200 or more but less than $1,000, in violation of Michigan Compiled Laws 750.174(3)(a). The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit-Milwaukee District Office.
August 25th, 2015On August 25, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Michelle Misso, former bookkeeper of Ironworkers Local 63 (located in Broadview, Ill.), was charged in a one-count information with making a false entry on a check, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(c). The charge follows a joint investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office and the Department of LaborÕs Office of Inspector General.
August 12th, 2015On August 12, 2015, in the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire, Gregory Paradis, former Chief Steward of United Federation of Special Police and Security Officers (UFSPSO) Local 501 (located in Seabrook, N.H.), was charged in a one-count indictment with embezzling union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Boston-Buffalo District Office.
August 6th, 2015On August 6, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois, Jimmy L. Bynum, Jr., President of American Allied Workers Skilled Trades (AAWST) Local 944 (located in Pembroke Township, Ill.), was charged in a one-count indictment for embezzling union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.
July 28th, 2015On July 28, 2015, 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 charged with one count of embezzling $29,968 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c), and one count of making a materially false statement, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(b). The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit-Milwaukee 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 27th, 2015On July 27, 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 charged in a one-count information with financial institution fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1344(2), for using the proceeds of forged union checks for personal benefit. The charge follows a joint investigation by the OLMS Detroit-Milwaukee District Office and the Department of LaborÕs Office of Inspector General.
July 14th, 2015On July 14, 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.), was charged in a one-count information with false statements, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(b). The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District 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 18th, 2015On June 18, 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 (located in Houston, Tex.), was charged in a one-count information with embezzlement of union funds in the approximate amount of $61,200, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.
April 16th, 2015On April 16, 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 charged in a one-count information with embezzlement of $8,993 from a labor organization, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia-Pittsburgh District Office.
March 30th, 2015On March 30, 2015, in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, Assane Faye, the founder and National President of the United Security Police Officers Association (USPOA), located in Washington, DC, was charged in an indictment with two counts of embezzlement of union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C 501(c), and seven counts of unemployment fraud, in violation of Title 18 U.S.C. Section 1341. Faye was charged with embezzling over $300,000 from the union beginning in 2010. The indictment follows a joint investigation by the OLMS New York District Office and the Department of LaborÕs Office of Inspector General.
March 30th, 2015On March 30, 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 Bellerose, N.Y., was charged in an indictment with wire fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1343, for allegedly using an ATM card to make hundreds of cash withdrawals from the unionÕs bank account for personal use and defrauding the union of approximately $48,012. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS New York District Office.
March 18th, 2015On March 18, 2015, 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.), was charged in a one-count indictment for embezzling over $42,000 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.
February 23rd, 2015On February 23, 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 charged in a criminal information with one count of embezzlement of union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.
January 21st, 2015On January 21, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, Evelyn Romero, President of United Industrial and Service Workers of America (UISWA), located in Colton, Calif., was charged in a 39-count indictment for conspiracy (18 U.S.C. 371); theft in connection with health care totaling $158,709 (18 U.S.C. 669); embezzlement of union funds totaling $4,282 (29 U.S.C. 501(c)); violating the prohibition against certain persons holding office (29 U.S.C. 504); and aiding and abetting (18 U.S.C. 2). The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Los Angeles District Office, Employment Benefits and Security Administration, and the Department of LaborÕs Office of the Inspector General.
January 21st, 2015On January 21, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, John S. Romero, Sr., former President, and John J. Romero, Jr., former Secretary-Treasurer of United Industrial and Service Workers of America (UISWA), located in Colton, Calif., were charged in a 30-count indictment for conspiracy (18 U.S.C. 371); theft in connection with health care totaling $158,709 (18 U.S.C. 669); false statement on Form LM-3 (18 U.S.C. 1001); and aiding and abetting (18 U.S.C. 2). The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Los Angeles District Office, Employment Benefits and Security Administration, and the Department of LaborÕs Office of the Inspector General.
January 21st, 2015On January 21, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, Danae Romero, Trustee of the United Industrial and Service Workers of America (UISWA), located in Colton, Calif., was charged in a 29-count indictment for conspiracy (18 U.S.C. 371); theft in connection with health care totaling $158,709 (18 U.S.C. 669); and aiding and abetting (18 U.S.C. 2). The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Los Angeles District Office, Employment Benefits and Security Administration, and the Department of LaborÕs Office of the Inspector General.
July 29th, 2009On July 29, 2009, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Terry Hacker, former Secretary-Treasurer of UNITE-HERE Local 12 (located in Cincinnati, Ohio) was charged in an information with one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $38,146. The charges follow 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.
May 29th, 2002On May 29, 2002, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, Sullivan Hamlet, former president of UNITE Local 2603, was indicted on one count of embezzling $4,567 in union funds. The charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS Nashville District Office.