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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 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 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 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 31st, 2016On August 31, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Marchelle Harvey, former Financial Secretary of United Steelworkers of America (USWA) Local 67T (located in East Palestine, Ohio), was indicted on one count of embezzling $10,095 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia-Pittsburgh District 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 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 3rd, 2016On August 3, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Western Division, Guy Gokey, former Financial Secretary for Glass Molders and Plastics (GMP) Local 59 (located in Toledo, Ohio), was indicted for one count of embezzling $14,074 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c), and one count of making false statements on a labor organization report, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(b). The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati-Cleveland District Office. (Investigator Laura Maxwell)
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 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 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 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.
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 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 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 20th, 2016On April 20, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, Charles Nelson, former Treasurer for the National Council of Security Police (NCSP), located in Yakima, Wash., was indicted for one count of embezzling over $140,000 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS San Francisco-Seattle District 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.
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.
April 5th, 2016On April 5, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, Jeremy Leach, former Secretary-Treasurer of United Steelworkers Local 13-669 (located in Pryor, Okla.), was indicted on 12 counts of embezzlement totaling $3,111 in labor union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.
April 5th, 2016On April 5, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, Jason Leach, former President of United Steelworkers Local 13-669 (located in Pryor, Okla.), was indicted on nine counts of embezzlement totaling $2,524 in labor union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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 9th, 2015On December 9, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, Donn Pendergrass, President of Steelworkers Local 1191 (located in Mishawaka, Ind.), was indicted on one count of embezzling approximately $33,435 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.
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 17th, 2015 On November 17, 2015, 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.), was indicted for one count of embezzling approximately $30,000 in 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 indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Denver-St. Louis 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 20th, 2015On October 20, 2015, 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 indicted on one count of embezzling $45,043 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c), and one count of making false statements, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(b). The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans 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 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 7th, 2015On October 7, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Terry Aters, former Treasurer of United Steelworkers Local 11-7686 (located in Marston, Mo.), was indicted on one count of embezzling $153,434 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Denver-St. Louis 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.
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 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.
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 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 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.
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 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 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 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.
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 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 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 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.
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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.