6/13/08

Union criminals kept OLMS very busy in May

An indictment is the method by which a person is charged with 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.

On May 29, 2008, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Francis Pagan, former President of Boilermakers Local 3-M (located in East Cleveland, Ohio), was sentenced to six months home confinement and electronic monitoring, four years of probation, ordered to pay a $100 special assessment, and restitution. On February 29, 2008, Pagan pled guilty to embezzling union funds in the amount of $17,415. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office.

On May 29, 2008, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Scott Gehringer and Alex Margaritis, former President and Financial Secretary, respectively, of International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers Local 594 (located in Hellertown, PA), were indicted on one count of aiding embezzlement and embezzling union fund sin the amounts of $3,500 for Gehringer and $13, 320.79 for Margaritis. The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia District Office.

On May 22, 2008, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, Pauline M. Gibson, former President of Drivers, Warehousemen, Maintenance and Allied Workers of America Local 1 (located in Nashville, Tenn.), was sentenced to twelve months probation and a $25 special assessment. On February 27, 2008, Gibson pled guilty to one count of making a false statement and representation of a material fact, knowing it to be false, on the local’s annual financial report. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Nashville District Office.

On May 20, 2008, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia,Donna Roles, former Financial Secretary of Steelworkers Local 14310 (located in Mount Hope,WVa.), was charged with one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $76,420.37, and one count of falsifying union records. The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Pittsburgh District Office.

On May 20, 2008, in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, Thomas Wallace, former Financial Secretary-Treasurer of Amalgamated Transit Union 757 (located in Portland, Ore.), pled guilty to an information filed the same date charging him with embezzling and uttering forged securities. Wallace forged approximately 176 checks drawn on the union’s accounts to acquire funds in the amount of $454,406. The criminal information and plea follow an investigation by the OLMS Seattle District Office.

On May 20, 2008, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, Randy Sanders, former Executive Vice President of Steelworkers Local 20 (located in Kaukauna, Wis.), was indicted on 13 counts of embezzling union funds in the amount of $3,298.66. The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Milwaukee District Office.

On May 20, 2008, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, Eugene Huss, Area Vice President of Steelworkers Local 20 (located in Kaukauna, Wis.), was indicted on 13 counts of embezzling union funds in the amount of $1,617.75. The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Milwaukee District Office.

On May 20, 2008, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, Mary Schaeuble, Insurance Committee Member of Steelworkers Local 20 (located in Kaukauna, Wis.), was indicted on 13 counts of embezzling union funds in the amount of $3,379.30. The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Milwaukee District Office.

On May 16, 2008, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, Bridgett Cardall Hooks, former Secretary-Treasurer of Postal Workers Local 332 (located in Dothan, Ala.), was sentenced to 48 months probation to include six months home confinement with electronic monitoring and a $100 special assessment. On February 7, 2008, Hooks pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $10,820.17. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Nashville District Office.

On May 15, 2008, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, Carolyn M. Wallace, former President of Steelworkers Local 02-356 (located in Milwaukee, Wis.), was sentenced to180 days home confinement, five years probation, $100 special assessment, drug treatment and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $19,436.02. Wallace previously paid restitution in the amount of $7,000. On February 8, 2008, Wallace pled guilty to embezzling union funds in the amount of $25,200. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Milwaukee District Office.

On May 14, 2008, in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Maryland, Rhonda Holmes, former Secretary-Treasurer of Laborers Local 481 (located in Baltimore, Md.), was indicted on one count of theft for allegedly stealing $6,349.55 from the local. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office.

On May 13, 2008, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, New York City School Bus Inspectors Neil Cremin, George Ortiz (retired), Milton Smith and Ira Sokol, were arrested following indictments for conspiracy to accept bribes, extortion, and bribery in a program that receives federal funds. On May 13, 2008 the four inspectors were arrested and entered pleas of not guilty. The charges follow a joint investigation of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181 (the primary union that represents drivers and escorts for school bus companies in New York City) by the OLMS New York District Office, the FBI, and the Department of Labor's Office of the Inspector General.

On May 12, 2008, in the Superior Court of Dougherty County, Georgia, Barbara Dodson, former Financial-Secretary of Boilermakers Local 100 (located in Albany, Ga.), pled guilty to six counts of forgery in the first degree and one count of theft-by-taking of union funds in the amount of $1,400. Subsequently, Dodson was sentenced to 120 days in jail, 10 years probation, and a fine of $500. The plea and sentencing follow an investigation by the OLMS Atlanta District Office.

On May 9, 2008, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Kathy Thompson, former employee of Teamsters Local 325 (located in Rockford, Ill.), was sentenced to five years probation, including seven months of home confinement with electronic monitoring, and ordered to liquidate her retirement savings account and pay approximately $29,000 in restitution. On December 17, 2007, Thompson pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $33,770. The sentencing follows a joint investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office and the Department of Labor’s Office of the Inspector General.

On May 6, 2008, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, Donald B. Dawson, former director of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the Alliance of Professional Specialty Contractors (APSC) (located in Kansas City, MO), was charged with one count of bank fraud as a result of his embezzlement of $95,721.56 of APSC funds. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS St. Louis District Office.

On May 6, 2008, in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, John Mullenix, former Secretary-Treasurer of APWU Local 441 (located in Ft. Morgan, Col.), was indicted on one count of embezzlement of union funds. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Denver District Office.

On May 7, 2008, in the County Court for Lorain, Ohio, Gary Smink, former President of Steelworkers Local 1-962 (located in Elyria, Ohio), pled guilty to one count of theft totaling $770. On April 9, 2008, Smink was indicted on one count of theft in the same amount. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office.

On May 5, 2008, in the County Court of St. Lawrence County, New York, June E. Wilkins, former President of AFSCME Local 625 (located in Potsdam, NY), pled guilty to two counts of third degree grand larceny. Wilkins confessed to taking more than $15,000 in union funds. The plea follows an investigation by the Buffalo District Office

On May 5, 2008, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Chad M. Mowery, former Treasurer of Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers (BLET) Division 282 (located in Springdale, Ohio), pled guilty to embezzling union funds in the amount of $2,537.00. On February 6, 2008, Mowery was charged with one count of embezzling union funds in the same amount. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.

(dol.gov)

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