The Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) conducts both civil and criminal investigations of alleged violations of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA) and related laws.
These investigations by OLMS District Offices involve issues such as embezzlements of union funds, union officer elections, the filing of required reports by unions and others with OLMS, and the imposition of trusteeships over subordinate unions by a parent body. These investigations may result in legal enforcement actions.
|July 16th, 2001||On July 16, 2001, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, John Serpico, former president of the Central States Joint Board of the Novelty and Production Workers (and a former vice president of the Laborers International Union), was convicted of mail fraud for, among other things, using his influence over union funds to obtain millions of dollars in personal loans from banks and receiving a kickback in return for arranging a union loan for a hotel project. Maria Busillo, also a former president of the Central States Joint Board, was convicted of mail fraud and making false statements to a bank and Gilbert Cataldo was convicted of mail fraud. The charges were brought following a joint investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office, the FBI, the IRS, and the Department of Labor's Office of the Inspector General.|