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Union Corruption Report: March 2012

On March 29, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama, Tammy Greene, former Financial Secretary for the Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 83793 (located in Selma, Ala.), was indicted on one count of embezzlement totaling $31,076.07, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Nashville District Office.

On March 29, 2012, in the Morgan County Circuit Superior Court (Indiana), Cynthia Collier, former Secretary-Treasurer of Carpenters Local 2177 (formerly located in Scottsburg, Ind.), was sentenced 60 days of home detention and two years of probation.  Collier made full restitution in the amount of $2,053 at sentencing.  On February 23, 2012, Collier pled guilty to theft in the amount of $2,053, in violation of Indiana Code 35-43-4-2(a).  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.

On March 21, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Northern District, John Gianonne, former Vice President of Teamsters Local 706 (located in Chicago, Ill.), was sentenced to three months of home confinement, one year of probation, and was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment.  Gianonne previously paid restitution.  On December 7, 2011, Gianonne pled guilty to a one-count information charging him with embezzlement of union funds totaling $11,900, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.

On March 21, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Edward Kozusko, former Treasurer of American Postal Workers Union (APWU) Local 443 (located in Youngstown, Ohio), pled guilty to one count of embezzlement in the amount of $12,613.20.  The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office.

On March 15, 2012, in the Justice Court, Las Vegas Township, Clark County Nevada, Rose Marie Sotak, former President/Business Agent and acting Financial Secretary Treasurer of  Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1758 (located in Las Vegas, Nev.), was charged with one count of felony theft.  The complaint includes a warrant for Sotak’s arrest with a cash and surety bail of $10,000.  The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Los Angeles District Office.

On March 15, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Wanda Jackson, former Treasurer of National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Branch 4065 (located in Plano, Tex.), was found guilty by a jury of embezzling union funds in the amount of $41,246.95.  On July 13, 2011, Jackson was indicted on one count of embezzlement of union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The verdict follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas District Office.

On March 14, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan (Northern Division), Renita Dompier, former Secretary-Treasurer of Machinists Local Lodge 283 (located in Baraga, Mich.), was indicted on one count of embezzlement of union funds in the amount of $8,725.99, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c); one count of falsification of union financial reports, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(b); and one count of falsification of union financial records, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(c).  The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit District Office.

On March 13, 2012, in the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico, Gloria Porter, former President of National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE), International Association of Machinists (IAM) Local 2049 and former Secretary-Treasurer of the NFFE IAM Army Materiel Command (AMC) District Council (both located in Las Cruces, N.M.), was sentenced to 70 months imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release.  Porter also was ordered to pay $143,457.50 in restitution and a $300 special assessment.  On June 30, 2011, after a three-day trial, a federal jury convicted Porter on all 107 counts of an indictment charging her with 105 counts of wire fraud, one count of mail fraud, and one count of aggravated identity theft.  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Denver District Office.

On March 13, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, an information was filed charging Edward Kozusko, former Treasurer of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) Local 443 (located in Youngstown, Ohio), with one count of embezzlement in the amount of $12,613.20.  The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office.

On March 13, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Frank Rysz, former Secretary-Treasurer of National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Branch 1124 (located in New Stanton, Pa.), was charged in a one-count indictment for embezzling $12,514.91 in union funds.  The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Pittsburgh District Office.

On March 13, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Western Division, Laura Dixon, former office secretary for the Ohio and Vicinity Regional Council of Carpenters (located in Cleveland, Ohio), pled guilty to one count of embezzlement.  On February 23, 2012, an information was filed charging Dixon with embezzling between $70,000 and $170,218.  The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office and Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General.

On March 12, 2012, in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, Kevin Threat, former President of National Association of Government Employees (NAGE) Local R3-84 (located in Alexandria, Va.), pled guilty to one count of theft within a special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 661, for stealing $15,505 from the union.  The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office and the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General.

On March 8, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, Pamela S. Hinzman, former Treasurer of American Postal Workers Union (APWU) Local 1580 (located in Parkersburg, W.Va.), pled guilty to embezzlement of union funds in the amount of $26,260.68.  The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Pittsburgh District Office.

On March 6, 2012, in the Kandiyohi County, Minnesota District Court, Cherity Perez, former Secretary-Treasurer of American Postal Workers Union (APWU) Local 631 (located in Willmar, Minn.), was sentenced to 15 days of confinement, two years of probation, and ordered to write a letter of apology to Local 631.  Perez was also ordered to pay additional restitution of $95.80, a $500 fine, and $90 in court fees.  She previously made restitution of $1,144.  On February 6, 2012, Perez pled guilty to theft, in violation of Minnesota State Statute 609.52.2(1).  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Minneapolis Resident Investigator Office.

On March 6, 2012, in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, Kevin McKnight, former Secretary-Treasurer of United Transportation Union (UTU) Local 1390 (located in Laurence Harbor, N.J.), was sentenced to four months of community confinement, four months of home confinement, and three years of probation.  In addition, McKnight was ordered to pay $54,603.52 in restitution and a $100 special assessment.  McKnight had previously paid approximately $16,000 in restitution.  In November 2011, McKnight pled guilty to a one-count information charging him with embezzling approximately $68,000 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS New York District Office.

On March 1, 2012, in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, a criminal information was filed charging Kevin Threat, former President of National Association of Government Employees (NAGE) Local R3-84 (located in Alexandria, Va.), with one count of theft within a special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States in excess of $1,000, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 661.  The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office and the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General.

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Criminal Enforcement Actions 2012

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: Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS)

 

 

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