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U.S. DOL Criminal LMRDA Enforcement Actions

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2018 USDOL Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS)

On April 25, 2018, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Steven Minella, former President/Business Agent of International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 324 (located in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), received a suspended sentence and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $38,000 to Local 324 as well as a $100 special assessment.  On September 2, 2015, Minella pled guilty to one count of misprision of a felony (18 U.S.C. 4) for failing to report to appropriate authorities the commission of extortion by another Local 324 official (18 U.S.C. 1951).  The sentencing follows a joint investigation by the OLMS Detroit-Milwaukee District Office, the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General, the Employee Benefits Security Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Internal Revenue Service.

On April 24, 2018, in the United States District Court District of Kansas, Robert Clearwater, former President for the National Association of Government Employees (NAGE) Local 14 (located in Topeka, Kans.), pled guilty to one count of embezzlement in the amount of $11,681 within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 661 as well as six counts of making false statements, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1001.  The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Denver-St. Louis District Office.

On April 20, 2018, in the United States District Court District of Southern Illinois, Wendy Buch, former Financial Secretary-Treasurer for Transportation Communication Union (TCU) Lodge T-574 (located in Shiloh, Ill.), was sentenced to five (5) years probation and was ordered to make restitution in the amount of $11,957.34 and pay a $150 special assessment.  On December 14, 2017 Buch pled guilty to one count of embezzlement from a labor union, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c), and two counts of filing false reports, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(b).  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Denver-St. Louis District Office.

On April 17, 2018, in the United States District Court for the state of Alaska, Ann Reddig, former Secretary-Treasurer of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 918 (located in Anchorage, Alaska), was sentenced to serve fourteen (14) months in a federal penitentiary and three (3) years of supervised release, ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $139,960, and assessed a $100 penalty.  Reddig had previously pled guilty to one count of embezzling over $193,000 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS San Francisco-Seattle District Office.

On April 19, 2018, in the Williams County (North Dakota) NW Judicial District Court, Kenneth Keith Kirk Evans, former President of National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Branch 1494 (located in Williston, N.D.), was charged in a one-count complaint with theft of property, a Class C felony, in violation of North Dakota Century Code Sections 12.1-23-02(1) and 12.1-23-05(3).  The complaint alleges that Evans exercised unauthorized control of between $3,500 and $3,600 in funds belonging to NALC Branch 1494 with the intent of depriving Branch 1494 of said property, knowing that he was not privileged to do so.  The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Minneapolis Resident Investigator Office.

On April 18, 2018, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, David Hart, former Financial Secretary/Business Agent of International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 324 (located in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), was sentenced to time-served and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $37,000 to Local 324 and a $100 special assessment.  On February 24, 2015, Hart pled guilty to one count of misprision of a felony (18 U.S.C. 4) for failing to report to appropriate authorities the commission of extortion by another Local 324 official (18 U.S.C. 1951).  The sentencing follows a joint investigation by the OLMS Detroit-Milwaukee District Office, the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General, the Employee Benefits Security Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Internal Revenue Service.

On April 12, 2018, in the United States District Court District of Montana, Alicia Rooney, former office secretary for Plumbers Local 459 (located in Missoula, IL), was sentenced to 3 months confinement, 3 years probation, restitution in the amount of $163,554.95, and a $100 special assessment.  On November 28, 2017 Rooney pled guilty to one count of embezzlement from a labor union in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c) and one count of embezzlement from an employee benefit plan in violation of 18 U.S.C. 664.  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Denver-St. Louis District Office.

On April 12, 2018, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Mervin Hawk, former president of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 1640 (located in Detroit, Mich.), was charged in a one-count information with embezzling over $600,000 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The charge follows a joint investigation by the OLMS Detroit-Milwaukee District Office, the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

On April 12, 2018, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, Jason Richard, former Secretary-Treasurer of the United Streel Workers (USW) Local 12-990 (located in Wallula, Wash.), was sentenced to six (6) months in a federal penitentiary and two (2) years of supervised release, ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $30,649, and assessed a $100 penalty.  Richard had previously pled guilty to one count of embezzling over $40,000 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS San Francisco-Seattle District Office.

On April 13, 2018, in the United States District Court for the District of Alaska, Timothy Smith, former President of the Civilian Technicians Chapter 84 (located in Anchorage, Alaska), pled guilty to one count of making a false statement to conceal the embezzlement of over $80,000 in union funds, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1001.  The sentencing is scheduled for September 13, 2018.  The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS San Francisco-Seattle District Office.

On April 4, 2018, in the Superior Court of New Jersey (Passaic County), Sharon Williams-Savage, Former President of AFGE Local 2425, (located in East Orange, N.J.) pled guilty to one count of fourth-degree theft by unlawful taking, in violation of NJSA 2C: 20 – 3.  Her sentencing is scheduled for June 22, 2018.  The guilty plea follows a joint investigation by OLMS New York District Office and the New Jersey State Police-Official Corruption Bureau.

On March 29, 2018, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, Shreveport Division, Tyler Farrar, former Financial Secretary for United Food and Commercial Workers Local 88C (located in Bastrop, La.), was charged in a one count indictment for embezzling union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.

On March 28, 2018, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Western Division, Ronald Coldren, former Financial Secretary of Steelworkers Local 207 (located in Findlay, Ohio), pled guilty to one count of embezzlement in the amount of $30,639, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati-Cleveland District Office.

On March 26, 2018, in the U.S. District Court in Newark, New Jersey, Paul Moe Sr., a former general foreman and member of the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA), Local 1804-1 (located in North Bergen, N.J.) was sentenced to 24-months in prison followed by three years of supervised release.  Moe was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $749,000.  On October 31, 2017, after a seven-day trial, a jury found Moe guilty on one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and 13 substantive counts of wire fraud, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 1343, stemming from his no-show job at the Port of Elizabeth terminal in New Jersey, with an annual salary of $500,000.   The sentencing follows a joint investigation by the OLMS New York District Office; the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Employee Benefits Security Administration, New York Region; the Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations-Labor Racketeering and Fraud; and the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor.

On March 23, 2018, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, Estes Evans, former treasurer of International Association of EMTs and Paramedics Local R7-33 (located in Milwaukee, Wis.), was sentenced to six months of home confinement and five years of supervised release. Evans was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $44,446.86 and a $100 special assessment. On December 22, 2017, Evans pled guilty to one count of embezzling $44,446.86 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit-Milwaukee District Office.

On March 20, 2018, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, Michael A. Taylor, former General Chairman of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) Division 815 (located in Joliet, Ill.), pled guilty to a one-count information charging him with embezzling $24,868.80 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.

On March 16, 2018, in the Ramsey County (Minnesota) District Court, Latasha Wilson, former Treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 1969 (located in Minneapolis, Minn.), pled guilty to one count of theft by swindle of more than $35,000, in violation of Minnesota State Statute 609.52.2(a)(4).  The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Minneapolis Resident Investigator Office.

On March 14, 2018, in the Indiana 32nd Judicial Circuit Court, LaPorte County, Thomas H. Rodgers, Jr., former General Chairman for SMART General Committee of Adjustment 247 (formerly located in LaPorte, Ind.) pled guilty to one count of theft, in violation of Indiana Code 35-43-4-2.  Following his guilty plea, Rodgers, Jr., was sentenced to 12 months of probation and ordered to pay restitution of $3,672.45.  The guilty plea and sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office and the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General.

On March 14, 2018, in the Indiana 32nd Judicial Circuit Court, LaPorte County, Thomas H. Rodgers Jr., former General Chairman for SMART General Committee of Adjustment 247 (formerly located in LaPorte, Ind.), pled guilty to one count of Theft, Level 6 felony, in violation of Indiana Code 35-43-4-2.  The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office and the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General.

On March 14, 2018, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Nancy Adams Johnson, a former senior official in the UAW Chrysler Department of the United Auto Workers (UAW) (located in Detroit, Mich.) was charged in an indictment with one count of conspiracy to violate the Labor Management Relations Act, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 371, and four counts of receiving and accepting prohibited money and things of value from a union employer, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 186, stemming from her receipt of over $38,847 in prohibited payments and things of value from Alphons Iacobelli, former Vice President of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US LLC (FCA), and others acting in the interest of FCA.  The prohibited payments and things of value, which occurred or were received between 2010 and 2015, included personal travel, golf resort fees, lavish meals, limousine services, designer clothing, jewelry, designer shoes, golf equipment, electronics, and a shotgun for the personal benefit of Johnson and other UAW officials.  The payments were made using the bank account and credit card account of the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center (NTC), which was established to provide for the education, training, and retraining of Chrysler workers.  The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit-Milwaukee District Office, the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Internal Revenue Service.

On March 14, 2018, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, John Hamilton, former business manager of International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 324 (located in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), was sentenced to 24 months in prison and 2 years of supervised release.  Hamilton was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $250,000 and a $100 special assessment.  On August 18, 2017, Hamilton pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit extortion, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 371 and 18 U.S.C. 1951.  The sentencing follows a joint investigation by the OLMS Detroit-Milwaukee District Office, the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General, the Employee Benefits Security Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Internal Revenue Service.

On March 9, 2018, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, Kimberly Steinhoff, former Secretary-Treasurer of Steelworkers Local 2-87 (located in Munising, Mich.), was sentenced and ordered to immediately pay $10,651.52 in restitution, a $2,500 fine, and a $25 special assessment.  On January 11, 2018, Steinhoff pled guilty to a one-count information of falsification of financial records required to be kept by a labor union, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(c).  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Minneapolis Resident Investigator Office.

On March 7, 2018, in the City of Chicago, IL, Cook County Court, Milton Thomas, former Shop Chairman of Auto Workers Local 890 (located in Morton Grove, Ill.), was indicted on one count of Theft, Class 2 of between $10,000 to $100,000 in violation of Illinois Compiled Statutes 720 ILCS 5/16-1(a)(2) and Forgery 720 ILCS 5.0/17-3(a)(2) for making unauthorized checks payable to himself for lost wages and for forging union disbursement vouchers.  The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.

On March 6, 2018, in the Summers County West Virginia Court, Steven Brumit, former secretary treasurer of the Locomotive Engineers, IBT, West Virginia State Legislative Board (formerly located in Hinton, W. Va.), was indicted on one count of embezzling in excess of $6,433.76 in violation of West Virginia Code 61-3-20 and felonious fraudulent scheme for writing 13 unauthorized checks to himself.  The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia-Pittsburgh District Office.

On March 2, 2018, in the United States District Court, Southern District of New York, Rocky DeFilippo, former delegate of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge 189 (located in Metuchen, N.J.), was found guilty by a federal jury of:  one count of making false statements, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1001; one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1349; and one count of wire fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1343.  The conviction follows an investigation by the OLMS New York District Office, the Amtrak Police Department, and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.

On March 1, 2018, in the Montana First Judicial District Court, Lewis and Clark County, Mackenzie Dworshak, former Treasurer for American Federation of Teachers Local 6105 (located in Helena, Mont.), pled guilty to one count of Theft of Property by Embezzlement in violation of Montana Code Annotated (2015) 45-6-301(7)(a).  The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Denver-St. Louis Office.

On March 1, 2018, in the Montana First Judicial District Court, Lewis and Clark County,Mackenzie Dworshak, former Treasurer for American Federation of Teachers Local 6105 (located in Helena, Mont.), pled guilty to one count of Theft of Property by Embezzlement in violation of Montana Code Annotated (2015) 45-6-301(7)(a) and was sentenced to a three year probation (suspended imposition of sentence), restitution in the amount of $7,903.56, administrative fee of $790.35, and a fine of $80.   The plea and conviction follows an investigation by the OLMS Denver-St. Louis Office.

On February 21, 2018, in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, MD, Fonda White, former Secretary-Treasurer of Communications Workers of America Local 2390 (located in Maugansville, MD), was sentenced to 10 years in prison (suspended), 90 days of home detention, and 5 years of probation.  She was also ordered to pay restitution of $46,271.52.  On November 21, 2017, White pled guilty to one count of theft with a value of at least $10,000 but less than $100,000, in violation of Maryland Criminal Law Section 7-104(g)(1).  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office.

On February 20, 2018, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, Stephanie DeBoer, the former office manager and bookkeeper of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 876 (located in Edmore, Mich.), was sentenced to 48 months in prison and 3 years of supervised release.  She was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $307,562.54 and a $100 special assessment.  On November 13, 2017, DeBoer 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 Detroit-Milwaukee District Office and the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General.

On February 15, 2018, in the United States District Court for the District of Alaska, Timothy Smith, former President of the Civilian Technicians Association Chapter 84 (located in Anchorage, Alaska), was served with an information for one count of making a false statement to conceal the embezzlement of over $80,000 in union funds, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1001.  The filing of the information follows an investigation by the OLMS San Francisco-Seattle District Office.

On February 13, 2018, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas, Pamela Noble, former Financial Secretary for Steelworkers Local 6904 (located in Little Rock, Ark.), pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $43,274.97, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.

On February 13, 2018, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas, Pamela Noble, former Financial Secretary for Steelworkers Local 6904 (located in Little Rock, Ark.), was charged in a one count information for embezzling union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.

On February 12, 2018, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Raymond C. Ventrone, former Business Manager of International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Local 154 (located in Pittsburgh, Pa.) was sentenced to 41 months incarceration followed by 3 years of supervised released and ordered to pay $2,391,183 in restitution to Boilermakers Local 154 and $500,000 restitution to Zurich Surety for embezzlement of union funds. Additionally, he was ordered to pay $223,881 to the Internal Revenue Service for tax evasion.   On September 14, 2017, Ventrone pleaded guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c) and one count of tax evasion in violation of 26 U.S.C. 7201.  The sentencing follows an investigation of the OLMS Philadelphia-Pittsburgh District Office along with the FBI, DOL-OIG, and the IRS.

On February 12, 2018, in the United States District Court for the District of Maine, Ryan Jones, former Secretary-Treasurer of International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local S-6 (located in Bath, Maine), was sentenced to 18 months in prison and three years of supervised release. The court also ordered Jones to pay restitution totaling $280,865. On September 6, 2017, Jones pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The sentencing follows a joint investigation by the OLMS Boston-Buffalo District Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

On February 7, 2018, in the United States District Court for the District of Kansas, Robert Clearwater, former President for the National Association of Government Employees Local 14-8 (located in Topeka, Kansas), was indicted on one count of embezzlement in the amount of $11,681 within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States, in violation of 18 U.S.C 661 and six counts of false statements, in violation of 18 U.S.C 1001.  The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Denver-St. Louis District Office.

On February 6, 2018, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Keith Mickens, a former senior official in the Chrysler Department of the United Auto Workers (UAW) (located in Detroit, Mich.) was charged in an information with one count of conspiracy to violate the Labor Management Relations Act, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 371, stemming from his receipt of over $7,500 in prohibit payments and things of value from Alphons Iacobelli, former Vice President of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US LLC (FCA), and others acting in the interest of FCA.  The prohibited payments and things of value, which occurred or were received between 2010 and 2015, included purchases of luggage, electronics, designer clothing, and other golf equipment for the personal benefit of Mickens and other UAW officials.  The payments were made using the bank account and credit card account of the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center (NTC), which was established to provide for the education, training, and retraining of Chrysler workers.  The charge, which was sealed until March 13, 2018, follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit-Milwaukee District Office, the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Internal Revenue Service.

On February 6, 2018, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Monica Morgan, the wife of the late General Holiefield, a former Vice President of the United Auto Workers (UAW) International Union (located in Detroit, Mich.), pled guilty to failing to report $201,231 in income she received on her 2011 individual tax return, in violation of 26 U.S.C. 7206(1).  The sentencing is scheduled for June 4, 2018.  The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit-Milwaukee District Office, the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Internal Revenue Service.

On February 6, 2018, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Glenn Smith, the former Controller of the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters (MRCC) (located in Detroit, Mich.), was sentenced to 15 months in prison and two years of supervised release, and he was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $534,097.  On October 3, 2017, Smith pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The sentencing follows a joint investigation by the OLMS Detroit-Milwaukee District Office, the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General, and the Internal Revenue Service.

On January 23, 2018, in the Hamilton County, Ohio Court of Common Pleas, Elizabeth Merrill, former Secretary-Treasurer of Government Security Officers (UGSOA) Local 251 (located in Cincinnati, Ohio), pled guilty to one count of attempted theft and one count of attempted forgery in violation of O.R.C. 2923.02, and was sentenced to 180 days in jail (suspended), one year of probation, and a $100 fine.  The plea and sentencing follow an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati-Cleveland District Office.

On January 18, 2018, Roderick Bennett, former Chief of Staff for the Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA), located in Washington, D.C., was indicted on three counts of embezzlement from a labor organization, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c), for embezzling at least $170,000 from the union.  In addition, Bennett and Aimee Occhetti were indicted on one count of health care fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1347, and one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1349, for putting Occhetti on the union’s health care plan when she was not eligible for coverage.  Occhetti was not a full-time employee of LIUNA and therefore not eligible to participate in the plan.  The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office, the Employee Benefits Security Administration, and the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General.

On January 24, 2018, in the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota, John J. Bickerstaff, former Treasurer of Heat & Frost Insulators and Allied Workers (HFIA) Local 133 (located in Bismarck, N.D.), pleaded guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $91,223, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Minneapolis Resident Investigator Office.

On January 23, 2018, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, Joan Matthews, former bookkeeper for the Charleston Building and Construction Trades Council (CBCTC), located in Charleston, W.Va., was charged in a one-count indictment for embezzling $183,667 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia-Pittsburgh District Office.

On January 22, 2018, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Alphons “Al” Iacobelli, former Vice President of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US LLC (FCA), pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to violate the Labor Management Relations Act (LMRA) for paying and delivering over $1.5 million in prohibited payments and things of value to officers and employees of the United Auto Workers (UAW), in violation of 18 U.S.C. 371.  The prohibited payments and things of value, which occurred between 2009 and 2015, included designer clothing, jewelry, furniture, custom-made watches, cases of custom-labeled wine ($3,000), and paying off the mortgage on the personal residence of a UAW vice president ($262,219).  The payments were made using the bank account and credit card accounts of the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center (NTC), which was established to provide for the education, training, and retraining of workers.  Iacobelli also pleaded guilty to one count of failing to report on his 2014 individual tax returns approximately $861,927 in income, in violation of 26 U.S.C. 7206(1).  The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit-Milwaukee District Office, the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Internal Revenue Service.

On January 22, 2018, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Matthew Smith, former Treasurer of Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 576 (located in Hurst, Tex.), was sentenced to 10 months in prison and one year of supervised release.  He was also ordered to pay $300,848 in restitution and a $100 special assessment.  On October 4, 2017, Smith pleaded guilty to embezzling union funds from Local 576, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.

On January 19, 2018, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas, Jeni May Hughes, former office manager for Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 155 (located in Little Rock, Ark.), was sentenced to 30 months of confinement and three years of supervised release, and she was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $428,874 and a $100 special assessment.  On May 10, 2017, Hughes pleaded guilty to a one-count criminal information charging her with embezzling $428,874 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.

On January 19, 2018, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Western Division, Guy Gokey, former Financial Secretary of Glass, Molders, and Plastics (GMP) Local 59 (located in Toledo, Ohio), was sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to pay outstanding restitution in the amount of $2,753.  On July 26, 2017, Gokey pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement in the amount of $14,074.  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati-Cleveland District Office.

On January 18, 2018, in the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island, Richard D’Antuono, former Business Manager/Secretary Treasurer of the Operative Plasterers and Cement Masons (OPCM) Local 40 (located in Cranston, R.I.), pleaded guilty to one count of embezzling union funds (29 U.S.C. 501(c)), one count of embezzling from an employee benefit fund (18 U.S.C. 664), and aggravated identity theft (18 U.S.C. 1028A).  The total amount embezzled was approximately $319,795.  The guilty plea follows a joint investigation by the OLMS Boston-Buffalo District Office, the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General, and the Employee Benefits Security Administration.

On January 17, 2018, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, Cheryl Angell, former Treasurer of United Steelworkers of America Local 2-144 (located in Combined Locks, Wisc.), was charged with one count of embezzlement of $98,711 and four counts of filing a false report, in violation of 29 U.S.C 501(c) and 29 U.S.C 439(b), respectively.  The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Detroit-Milwaukee District Office.

On January 12, 2018, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, Norman Baker, former Financial Secretary of Glass, Molders, and Plastics (GMP) Local 220 (located in Axtell, Tex.), was sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to pay $4,249, a $5,000 fine, and a $100 special assessment.  On October 24, 2017, Baker pleaded guilty to one count of embezzling $8,310 from Local 220, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.

On January 11, 2018, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, Kimberly Steinhoff, former Treasurer of Steelworkers Local 87 (located in Munising, Mich.), pleaded guilty to a superseding one-count information charging her with falsification of financial records required to be kept by a labor union, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(c).  The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Minneapolis Resident Investigator Office.

On January 10, 2018, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, Angela Parrish-Wilson, former office manager for Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Workers Union (RWDSU) Joint Council 932 (located in Birmingham, Ala.), was sentenced to one month in prison and five years of supervised release.  She was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $38,057.  On July 27, 2017, Parrish-Wilson pleaded guilty to one count of embezzling union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c), and one count of bank fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1344.  The sentencing follows an investigation conducted by the OLMS Tampa Resident Investigator Office.

On January 9, 2018, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, five individuals were indicted for Racketeering Conspiracy (18 U.S.C. 1962): Frank Cognetta, Secretary-Treasurer of United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1D (located in Brooklyn, N.Y.), Vincent D’Acunto, Jr., Secretary-Treasurer of UFCW Local 2D (located in Brooklyn, N.Y.), as well as Vincent Esposito, Steven Arena, and Frank Giovinco.  Cognetta was also charged with Bribery in Connection with Employee Benefit Plans (18 U.S.C. 1954) and Honest Services Fraud (18 U.S.C. 1346).  D’Acunto, Jr., Esposito, and Arena were also charged with Extortion Conspiracy (18 U.S.C. 1951).  The indictment follows a joint investigation by the OLMS New York District Office, SDNY, the FBI, the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General, and the NYPD.

On January 4, 2018, in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, Maria Nunez, former office secretary for International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) Local Lodge 1484 (located in Wilmington, Calif.), pleaded guilty to one count of false statements in records required to be maintained by a labor union, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(c).  The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Los Angeles District Office.

 

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An indictment is a formal accusation or charge based on a finding by a Grand Jury that it is likely that the person charged committed the criminal offense described in the indictment and is the means by which an accused person (defendant) is brought to trial. An indictment raises no inference of guilt. As in all criminal cases, each defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

An information is a formal accusation of a crime by a government attorney rather than a Grand Jury.  An information raises no inference of guilt. As in all criminal cases, each defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

charge is an accusation of criminal activity and raises no inference of guilt. As in all criminal cases, each defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Each count is a separate and distinct offense charged in an indictment or information.

guilty plea is a defendant’s admission to the court that he or she committed the offense charged and an agreement to waive the right to a trial.

conviction is a judgment based on a jury’s verdict, judge’s finding, or the defendant’s admission that the defendant is guilty of the crime charged.

sentence is a judicial determination of the punishment to be imposed on an individual who has plead guilty or has been convicted by a jury or judge of a criminal offense.

 

SOURCE:  U.S. Department Of Labor’s Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS)

Last updated by USDOL: 5/01/2018

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