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Union Corruption Report: June 2012

On June 28, 2012, in the Trial Court of Massachusetts, BMC Department, a criminal complaint was filed against David Beard, current President and Business Manager of Laborers Local 381 (located in Charlestown, Mass.), charging him with three counts of Larceny Over $250 in the amount of $7,709, in violation of Massachusetts General Law Chapter 266, Section 30.  The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Boston District Office.

On June 27, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Dennis Clayton, former Financial Secretary of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 708 (located in Durand, Mich.), was charged in a one-count information with making false entries in union records by preparing and submitting false lost time vouchers resulting in him receiving $1,186.80 to which he was not entitled, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(c).  The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit District Office.

On June 27, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Linda Purdy, former President of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 708 (located in Durand, Mich.), was charged in a one-count information with making false entries in union records by preparing and submitting false lost time vouchers resulting in her receiving $2,787.40 to which she was not entitled, in violation of 29 U.S.C. Section 439(c).  The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit District Office.

On June 27, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Alan Grayewski, former Chairperson of Utility Workers Local 223 – Office, Professional, & Technical Division (located in Dearborn, Mich.), was charged in a one-count information with failure to maintain union records, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(a).  The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit District Office.

On June 25, 2012, in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, Ava Ramey, former Trustee of United Government Security Officers of America (UGSOA) Local 21 (located in Bowie, Md.), pled guilty to one count of embezzlement from a labor organization, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c), for embezzling at least $379,000 from the union.  Ramey wrote more than $80,000 in union checks to herself and cash, purchased more than $70,000 in merchandise on the union’s debit card, withdrew more than $60,000 from union accounts at ATM machines, withdrew in person or transferred to her personal account more than $100,000 of union funds, and wrote more than $60,000 in union checks to her family members.  The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office.

On June 14, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Rachel Lanham, former secretary for the Machinists District Lodge 34 (located in Columbus, Ohio), pled guilty to one count of embezzlement.  On June 5, 2012, an information was filed charging Lanham with embezzling $104,876.  The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office.

On June 7, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Diana Frey, former President of the Cincinnati Organized and Dedicated Employees (CODE), located in Cincinnati, Ohio, was sentenced to 51 months of incarceration, three years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $758,056 and a $100 assessment.  On September 21, 2011, Frey pled guilty to one count of wire fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1343.  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.

On June 7, 2012, in the Carroll County Court, Ohio, Jayne Dixon, former President of Workers United Local 17-T (located in Carrollton, Ohio), pled guilty to one count of theft.  Dixon was then sentenced to 15 days of home confinement with electronic monitoring, three years of supervised release, and was ordered to make full restitution in the amount of $2,000.  The guilty plea and sentencing follow an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office.

On June 5, 2012, in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, a criminal information was filed charging Ava Ramey, former Trustee of United Government Security Officers of America (UGSOA) Local 21 (located in Bowie, Md.), with one count of embezzling $379,000 from a labor organization, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office.

On June 5, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Deborah Small, former bookkeeper for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 712 (located in Beaver, Pa.), was charged in a one-count indictment for embezzling in excess of $10,000 of the monies, funds, property and assets of a labor organization, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Pittsburgh District Office.

On June 5, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, an information was filed charging Rachel Lanham, former secretary for the Machinists District Lodge 34 (located in Columbus, Ohio), with one count of embezzlement in the amount of $104,876.  The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office.

On June 4, 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), was sentenced to one week of confinement and three years of supervised release, the first eight months of which include home confinement with monitoring.  In addition, Kozusko was ordered to pay full restitution in the amount of $12,613.20 and a $6,000 fine.  On March 21, 2012, Kozusko pled guilty to one count of embezzlement.  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office.

On June 1, 2012, in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, Cleveland, Ohio, Tony Cummings, former Financial Secretary of Steelworkers Local 735 (located in Cleveland, Ohio), was indicted on one count of theft in the amount of $6,451 and 10 counts of forgery.  The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office.

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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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