Ex-Boilermakers’ Business Manager Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion After Stealing Nearly $1.5 Million


After stealing nearly $1.5 mil from union members, an ex-Boilermakers’ union business manager faces justice.

On September 14, 2017, 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.) pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the approximate amount of $1,499,000, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c), and one count of tax evasion in the approximate amount of $265,343, in violation of 26 U.S.C. 7201. The guilty plea follows a joint investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia-Pittsburgh District Office, Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor
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  1. I used to be a member of CFA union. I hope it is not representative of most unions.
    CFA, aka California Faculty Association is union at California State University.
    I needed CFA representation to combat university false charges that were leveled against me as retaliation for complaining about harassment that went on for years. The CFA guy who represented me did absolutely nothing for me and possibly a lot against me.
    At some point I asked him if he is getting promoted/reward by CSU for screwing me. He said he is getting nothing from the university. He lied. Short time later he was promoted to a VP at CSU. I am assuming that most unions have more ethics — but CFA is completely corrupted.


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