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Office of Labor-Management Enforcement

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.

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September 1st, 2015On September 1, 2015, in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Maryland, Betty Robinson, former President of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 2751 (located in Baltimore, Md.), was indicted on one count of theft of at least $10,000 but less than $100,000, in violation of Criminal Law Article, Section 7-104 of the Annotated Code of Maryland. The indictment was the result of an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office.
March 27th, 2014On March 27, 2014, in the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois, Robert Lewis, former Treasurer of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 3585 (located in Canton, Ill.), was charged in a criminal information with one count of embezzlement of union funds in the amount of approximately $77,469, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). On April 14, 2014, Lewis signed a waiver of indictment and pled guilty to the information. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office and the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General.
February 25th, 2014On February 25, 2014, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, Jesse E. Morgan, former President of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 1707 (located in Kansas City, Mo.), was indicted on 29 counts of wire fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1343, for embezzling $185,000 in union funds. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Denver-St. Louis District Office.
February 7th, 2014On February 7, 2014, in the New York County (Manhattan) Criminal Court in New York, New York, Juanita Phillips, former President of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 389 – Home Care Employees (located in New York, N.Y.), was indicted for theft of union funds in the amount of $15,273. The charges included one count of grand larceny, four counts of forgery, and four counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS New York District Office.
August 8th, 2012On August 8, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Annie Walker, former Vice President of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFCSME) Local 2730 (located in St. Louis, Mo.), was indicted on one count of wire fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1343. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS St. Louis District Office.
August 8th, 2012On August 8, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Doris Taylor, former Treasurer of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFCSME) Local 2730 (located in St. Louis, Mo.), was indicted on one count of wire fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1343. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS St. Louis District Office.
April 27th, 2012On April 27, 2012, in the Common Pleas Court of Ross County (Ohio), Jill Ragland, former President of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Ohio Association of Public School Employees (OAPSE) Chapter 782 (located in Portsmouth, Ohio), was charged in an indictment with one count of theft in the amount of $1,385, a fifth degree felony. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
February 25th, 2011On February 25, 2011, in the United States District Court of the Western District of Wisconsin, Shari Birch, former Treasurer of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 1760-A (located in Superior, Wis.), pled guilty to count one of a 21-count indictment and admitted to embezzling $16,734.54 from AFSCME Local 1760-A. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Minneapolis Resident Investigator Office and the Superior, Wisconsin Police Department.
November 17th, 2010On November 17, 2010, in the United States District Court of the Western District of Wisconsin, Shari Birch, former Treasurer of American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 1760-A (located in Superior, WI), was indicted on 21 counts of embezzlement from Local 1760-A totaling $16,737.54. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Minneapolis Resident Investigator Office and the Superior Police Department.
May 6th, 2010On May 6, 2010, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, Loretta Brown, former Secretary-Treasurer of AFSCME Local 3491 (located in Gary, Ind.), was indicted on two counts of embezzling union funds in the amount of $1,225. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.
March 11th, 2010On March 11, 2010, in the Hamilton County (Ohio) Court of Common Pleas, Donald Woods, President of AFSCME Local 217 (located in Cincinnati, Ohio), was indicted on one count of theft of union funds in the amount of $500.00 or more. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
December 15th, 2009On December 15, 2009, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Deidra Lucas, former President of American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 100 (located in Pontiac, Mich.) was indicted on four counts of embezzling union funds in the amount of $39,403.72. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit District Office.
December 17th, 2008On December 17, 2008, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Jack Hooks, former Treasurer of AFSCME Local 11, Chapter 7010 (located in Mansfield, Ohio), was indicted on one count of embezzling $15,192 and two counts of falsifying union records. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office.
October 9th, 2008On October 9, 2008, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York, Carol Bruno, former Treasurer of AFSCME, Civil Service Employees Association Region 4 (located in Albany, N.Y.) was indicted on one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $16,118.57 between March 2004 and March 2006. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Buffalo District Office.
January 11th, 2007On January 11, 2007, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, Jeffrey Hohlbauch, former Financial Secretary for AFSCME Local 3600, was indicted on one count of making a false entry in a union record. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS St. Louis District Office.
June 27th, 2006On June 27, 2006 in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Nanette Peterson, former Treasurer of AFSCME Local 11, Chapter #2597, was indicted on one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $6,309. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office.
September 7th, 2005On September 7, 2005, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas, Elizabeth Fiske, former Bookkeeper and Office Secretary of AFSCME Council 38, was indicted on 63 counts of embezzling union funds totaling $32,793 and one count of destroying union records. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Nashville District Office.