Union Corruption Corner, July 2010

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The following is from the Department of Labor’s Office of Labor Management Standards.

[See footnotes at bottom]

On July 29, 2010, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, Warren Joseph Annunziata, Fund Administrator of United Craft and Industrial Workers Union Local 91 (a union that represents school bus drivers and matrons in New York City), pled guilty to extortion.  Annunziata was indicted on February 26, 2010 for extorting cash payments from employers totaling at least $500,000.  The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS New York District Office, the Department of Labor’s Office of the Inspector General, and the FBI.

On July 29, 2010, in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, Cory A. Carroll, former Secretary Treasurer of Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) Regional and Shortline General Committee of Adjustment (GCA) (located in Albert Lea, Minn.), pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $35,362.41.  On April 5, 2010, Carroll was indicted for the same offense.  The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Milwaukee District Office and Minneapolis Resident Investigator Office.

On July 28, 2010, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, Robbin R. Wolff, former bookkeeper of United Autoworkers (UAW)  Local 383 (located in Benton Harbor, Mich.), pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $200,397.63 and to one count of falsifying union records.  On July 23, 2010, Wolff was charged in an information with the same offenses.  The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit District Office.

On July 28, 2010, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, Lawrence DeAngelis, former Administrator/Trustee for Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 14170, was sentenced to twelve months in prison and fined $3,000 for theft of union funds in excess of $60,000.  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS New York District Office.

On July 21, 2010, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Jeffrey Kenney, former Secretary-Treasurer for Graphic Communications International Union (GCIU) Local 205-C (located in Youngstown, Ohio), was sentenced to four months incarceration followed by two years of supervised release including four months of electronic monitoring.  On May 14, 2010, Kenney pled guilty to embezzling more than $10,000 in union funds and filing a false report.  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office.

On July 21, 2010, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Western Division, Gilbert Woods, former President of Communications Workers (CWA) Local 84-768 (located in Kettering, Ohio), pled guilty to one count of making false entries in union records.  The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.

On July 20, 2010, in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, Edward Kobe, former General Chairman, United Transportation Union General Committee of Adjustment 325 (located in Duluth, Minn.), was sentenced to three months incarceration followed by two years supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution to the UTU GCA 325 in the amount of $16,200, restitution to the Railroad Retirement Board in the amount of $32,778.39, a fine of $30,000, and a $100 special assessment.  On November 30, 2009, Kobe pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $16,200.  The sentencing follows a joint investigation by the OLMS Minneapolis Resident Investigator Office and the Railroad Retirement Board’s Office of the Inspector General.

On July 20, 2010, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Andrew Blackmon, former President of Steelworkers Local 842 (located in Detroit, Mich.), pled guilty to one count of falsifying union records.  On June 18, 2010, Blackmon was charged with the same offense.  The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit District Office.

On July 20, 2010, in the United States District Court for the District of Alaska, Thomas Renkes, former Executive Director of the Alaska Nurses Association (AaNA) (located in Anchorage, Alaska), was sentenced to thirty-six months of probation and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $22,546 and a $2,000 fine.  On April 26, 2010, Renkes was charged with embezzling union funds.  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Seattle District Office.

On July 16, 2010, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, Daniel Gibson, former President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 3266 (located in Sallisaw, Okla.), was sentenced to twelve months and one day in prison followed by 24 months of supervised release probation and was ordered to make restitution in the amount of $33,986.39 and pay a $100 special assessment.  On March 12, 2010, an information charged Gibson with making false statements.  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas District Office.

On July 15, 2010, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Stacey Spalding, former bookkeeper for Teamsters Local 215 (located in Evansville, Ind.), was sentenced to one year at a work release facility and two years probation, and was ordered to pay $29,499 in restitution to Zurich Insurance of North America and $100 in court fees.  Additionally, Spalding was ordered to make restitution in the amount of $1,597 for money diverted from various 401(k) accounts.  On May 19, 2010, Spalding pled guilty to embezzling union funds in the amount of $29,516.  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.

On July 13, 2010, in the Hennepin County District Court of Minnesota, Lucy Irene Hastings, former Recording Secretary of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 1969 (located in Minneapolis, Minn.), pled guilty and received a stay of imposition of sentence, three years probation, and was ordered to pay restitution.  On April 30, 2010, Hastings was charged with theft of union funds in the amount of $3,328.29.  The plea and sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Minneapolis Resident Investigator Office.

On July 13, 2010, in United States District Court for the District of Colorado, Peter Maisel Jr., former Treasurer of Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees (BMWE) Local 1517 (located in Pueblo, Colo.), was sentenced to five years probation and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $9,514.79. On April 14, 2010, Maisel pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Denver District Office.

On July 13, 2010, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Brian Wilson, former Treasurer for AFSCME Local 2804 (located in Warren, Ohio), pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $10,500. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office.

On July 12, 2010, in United States District Court for the District of Western Washington, Sid Mannetti, former President of AFGE Local 1170 (located in Seattle, Wash.), was sentenced to twenty-four months of probation with six months of home confinement and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $50,463.  On January 25, 2010, Mannetti was charge with embezzling union funds in the same amount.  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Seattle District Office.

On July 12, 2010, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Anthony Green, former Vice President and Recording Secretary of Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics & Allied Workers (GMP) Local 208 (located in Bradenton, Fla.), pled guilty to making a false entry in a record or report required to be kept under the LMRDA. Green was ordered to pay Zurich North America the amount of $2,550.00. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Tampa Resident Office.

On July 8, 2010, in Circuit Court for Arlington County, Virginia, Richard James, former President of AFGE Local 1402 (located in Arlington, Va.), pled guilty to one count of embezzlement greater than $200 associated with his embezzling unions funds in the amount of $1,550. James previously made restitution in the amount of $9,850. The plea follows a joint investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office and the Arlington County Police Department.

On July 8, 2010, in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, Joseph Moon, former President of ATU Local 1626 (located in Edison, N. J.), was sentenced to five years of supervised probation and ordered to pay a $25 fine. Also, Moon was ordered to make restitution to Local 1626 in the amount of $14,285. On September 10, 2009, Moon pled guilty to one count of receiving an improper loan from a labor organization. Between April of 2004 and August of 2008, Moon obtained $14,931 in unapproved loans from the local’s checking account. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS New York District Office.

On July 8, 2010, in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, Steven McDeid, former President of National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Branch 388 (located in St. Cloud, Minn.), was sentenced to 90 days home confinement and five years probation, ordered to make restitution in the amount of $51,639.61, and pay a $100 special assessment. On March 24, 2010, McDeid pled guilty to embezzling union funds in the same amount. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Milwaukee District Office and Minneapolis Resident Investigator Office.

On July 6, 2010, In the United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Keith Hart, former Financial Secretary of Bakery Workers Local 315G (Mt. Vernon, Ind.), pled guilty to embezzling union funds in the amount of $13,904.69.  On June 3, 2009, Hart was indicted on one count of embezzlement of union funds in the same amount.  The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.

On July 6, 2010, in the United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Keith Hart, former Financial Secretary of Bakery Workers Local 315G (located in Mt. Vernon, Ind.), pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $13,904. On June 3, 2009, Hart was charged with embezzling union funds in the same amount. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.

On July 1, 2010, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Woodrow Anderson, former Treasurer of Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics & Allied Workers Local 208 (located in Bradenton, Fla.), pled guilty to making a false statement of a material fact in a report or document required to be filed with the Secretary of Labor. Anderson was ordered to pay restitution of $2,249.96 to Zurich North America. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Tampa Resident Office.

On July 1, 2010, in Fayette County (Indiana) Superior Court, Jeff Napier, former President of UAW Local 151 (located in Connersville, Ind.), was charged in an information with three counts of theft for knowingly or intentionally exerting unauthorized control over the property of the local. The charges were filed following an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.

Footnotes:

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.

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