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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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December 2nd, 2015On December 2, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Eastern Division, Estella Collier, former office secretary and bookkeeper for Carpenters Local 200 (located in Columbus, Ohio), was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to attend Gamblers Anonymous. In addition, Collier was ordered to pay full restitution. On August 11, 2015, Collier pled guilty to one count of embezzlement, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c), in the amount of $12,933. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati-Cleveland District Office and the Department of LaborÕs Office of Inspector General.
September 9th, 2015On September 9, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, John Jones, former Financial Secretary of United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners Local 59 (located in Spokane, Wash.), was sentenced to two months in federal prison, three years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $10,762 and a $100 special assessment. Jones had previously made restitution payments. On June 11, 2015, Jones pled guilty to one count of embezzling labor union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS San Francisco-Seattle District Office.
January 7th, 2015On January 7, 2015, in the United States District Court for the District of Alaska, Jonathan Smith, former Financial Secretary of United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners Local 2247 (located in Juneau, Alaska), was sentenced to four months of home detention, five years of probation, 250 hours of community service, and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $41,770. On August 8, 2014, Smith pled guilty to a single count of embezzling union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS San Francisco-Seattle District Office.
February 5th, 2014On February 5, 2014, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, Angela G. Webster, former office secretary for United Brotherhood of Carpenters Local 943 (located in Tulsa, Okla.), was sentenced to six years of probation and was ordered to pay $23,015 in restitution. On November 5, 2013, Webster pled guilty to embezzling union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.
August 21st, 2013On August 21, 2013, in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, Dawn Carson, former office manager for United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners (UBCJA) Local 247 (located in Portland, Ore.), was sentenced to five years of probation and was ordered to pay restitution totaling $5,509. On March 14, 2013, Carson pled guilty to a single count of embezzling labor union assets, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 501(c). The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Seattle District Office.
October 2nd, 2012On October 2, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Victor Rovani, III, former business representative for United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America Local 454 (located in Philadelphia, Pa.), was sentenced to three years of probation including one year of home confinement for three counts of embezzling union funds in the amount of $8,322. In addition, Rovani was ordered to pay a fine of $3,000 to be paid in $100 monthly installments, a special assessment of $300, and the cost involved for the required electronic monitoring equipment. Rovani previously paid restitution to the union. On April 30, 2012, Rovani pled guilty to three counts of embezzling union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia District Office.
September 7th, 2012On September 7, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Western Division, Laura Dixon, former office secretary for the Ohio and Vicinity Regional Council of Carpenters (located in Cleveland, Ohio), was sentenced to 18 months of incarceration followed by two years of supervised release. Additionally, Dixon was ordered to undergo mental health and alcohol counseling and was ordered to pay full restitution in the amount of $170,216 and a $100 special assessment. On March 13, 2012, Dixon pled guilty to one count of embezzlement, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office and the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General.
September 4th, 2012On September 4, 2012, in the First Judicial Parish Court of Caddo Parish, Louisiana, Lori Fowler, former office manager for Carpenters Local 764 (formerly located in Shreveport, La.), pled guilty to one count of forgery and one count of high grade felony theft in the amount of $25,117.74. Fowler was then sentenced to five years at hard labor, three years of probation, and was ordered to pay restitution. The guilty plea and sentencing follow an investigation by the OLMS New Orleans District Office.
August 24th, 2012On August 24, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Marqueeta Tibbs, former office secretary for Carpenters Local 437 (located in Portsmouth, Ohio), was sentenced to one year and one day in prison, three years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $34,903.53 and a special assessment of $100. On January 25, 2012, Tibbs pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to embezzle union funds, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 371. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
August 24th, 2012On August 24, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Zeffrey Tibbs, spouse of Marqueeta Tibbs, former office secretary of Carpenters Local 437 (located in Portsmouth, Ohio), was sentenced to six months of home confinement, five years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment. On February 24, 2012, Tibbs pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to embezzle union funds, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 371. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
March 29th, 2012On March 29, 2012, in the Morgan County Circuit Superior Court (Indiana), Cynthia Collier, former Secretary-Treasurer of Carpenters Local 2177 (formerly located in Scottsburg, Ind.), was sentenced 60 days of home detention and two years of probation. Collier made full restitution in the amount of $2,053 at sentencing. On February 23, 2012, Collier pled guilty to theft in the amount of $2,053, in violation of Indiana Code 35-43-4-2(a). The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
February 23rd, 2012On February 23, 2012, in the Morgan County Circuit Superior Court of Indiana, Cynthia Collier, former Secretary-Treasurer of Carpenters Local 2177 (formerly located in Scottsburg, Ind.), pled guilty to theft in the amount of $2,053, in violation of Indiana Code 35-43-4-2(a). Collier was previously charged with theft on August 5, 2011. Collier’s sentencing is scheduled for March 29, 2012. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
January 18th, 2012On January 18, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York, Alyson Harmon, former office assistant and bookkeeper for the now defunct Carpenters Local Union 281 (located in Binghamton, N.Y.), was sentenced to five years of probation and was ordered to pay $29,876.57 in restitution. On September 23, 2011, Harmon pled guilty to embezzling $20,481.57 in cash receipts from Local 281. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Buffalo District Office.
January 4th, 2012On January 4, 2012, in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, Toni Lancaster, former office manager for United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, Millwrights & Machine Erectors Local 711 (located in Portland, Ore.), was sentenced to five months of home confinement, three years of probation, and was ordered to pay full restitution and a $100 special assessment. On September 19, 2011, Lancaster pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $68,403, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Seattle District Office.
September 27th, 2011On September 27, 2011, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Colin T. Rehrig, former bookkeeper for United Carpenters and Joiners of America (CJA) Local 600 (located in Bethlehem, Pa.), was sentenced to eight months of home confinement followed by two years of probation. He was also ordered to pay a $100 special assessment and a $1,500 fine. Rehrig previously made restitution in the amount of $69,749.11. On June 13, 2011, Rehrig pled guilty to a one-count information charging him with embezzling union funds in the amount of $30,483.71, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia District Office.
September 19th, 2011On September 19, 2011, in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, Toni Lancaster, former office manager for United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, Millwrights & Machine Erectors Local 711 (located in Portland, Ore.), pled guilty to a single count of 29 U.S.C. 501(c) for embezzling union funds. Lancaster is scheduled to be sentenced on January 4, 2012. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Seattle District Office.
June 23rd, 2011On June 23, 2011, in Anoka County (Minnesota) District Court, Brenda Olson, former office secretary for Carpenters Local 851 (located in Anoka, Minn.), was sentenced to 60 days in jail with the option of home electronic monitoring and work release, five years probation, and was ordered to pay $7,310 in restitution. On May 5, 2011, Olson pled guilty to one count of felony theft over $5,000. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Milwaukee District Office.
May 16th, 2011On May 16, 2011, in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, Charles Owens, former Financial Secretary of United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners (UBCJA) Local 2791 (located in Lebanon, Ore.), was sentenced to three years supervised release and was ordered to pay a $25 special assessment penalty. On February 23, 2011, Owens pled guilty to one count of willful failure to maintain records in the interest of concealing the embezzlement of over $65,000 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(c). The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Seattle District Office.
May 13th, 2011On May 13, 2011, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Michael Dewayne Doggett, former Business Manager of United Brotherhood of Carpenters Local 502 (located in Nederland, Tex.), was sentenced to five months in prison, 150 days home detention, three years supervised release, and was ordered to pay $39,324 in restitution and a $100 special assessment. On January 31, 2011, Doggett pled guilty to embezzlement of employee benefit funds, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 664. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Houston Resident Office, the Employee Benefits Security Administration, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
April 19th, 2011On April 19, 2011, in the Trial Court of Massachusetts District Court Department, Richard Dean, former Treasurer of Carpenters Local 275 (located in Newton, Mass.), pled guilty to five counts of Association Officer Embezzlement and to a Continuance Without a Finding (CWOF) on nine counts of Larceny Over $250 by False Pretense. Dean was sentenced to one year probation, was required to write a letter of apology to the local union, and was ordered to make restitution of $15,374. The plea and sentencing follow an investigation by the OLMS Boston District Office.
February 25th, 2011On February 25, 2011, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Freida Carter-London, former office manager of Carpenters Local 1421 (located in Arlington, Tex.), was sentenced to 60 months probation and was ordered to pay full restitution of $99,178 (due by the end of her probation). On November 12, 2010, Carter-London pled guilty to embezzling $99,178 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas District Office.
October 19th, 2009On October 19, 2009, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, Harold C. Ullum, former Vice-President and West Virginia District Manager of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council of Carpenters, Ind., West Virginia District (located in Parkersburg, W.Va.), was sentenced to six months home detention, five years probation, and payment of a $20,000 fine plus a $100 special assessment. On July 13, 2009, Ullum pled guilty to a one-count information charging him with causing a false statement on an ERISA record. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Pittsburgh District Office.
August 25th, 2009On August 25, 2009, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, Erica Alda Perez, former secretary and bookkeeper of Carpenters Local 9144 (located in San Jose, Calif.), pled guilty to making a false statement in a union record. Perez was immediately sentenced to two years probation and 140 hours of community service, and he was ordered to pay a $25.00 special assessment. The plea and sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS San Francisco District Office.
August 5th, 2009On August 5, 2009, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, Audrea Ann Jimenez, former secretary/bookkeeper of Carpenters Local 262 (located in San Jose, Calif.), was sentenced to two years probation and 75 hours of community service, and was ordered to pay a $25 special assessment. On May 6, 2009, Jimenez had pled guilty to one count of making a false entry in or willful concealment of books and records. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS San Francisco District Office.
March 6th, 2008On March 6, 2008, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Brad DuBray, former Treasurer of Carpenters Local 113, was sentenced to three years probation, including six months of home confinement, and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $12,048.11 and a special assessment of $100. On November 14, 2007, DuBray pled guilty to embezzling union funds in the amount of $14,548.11.The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
May 25th, 2007On May 25, 2007, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, David Taylor, former Financial Secretary of Carpenters and Millwrights Local 1402, was sentenced to 12 months and 1 day in prison and fined $35,074.18. Taylor had previously paid full restitution to the union plus more than $14,000 in interest. On October 10, 2006, Taylor pled guilty to one count of making false statements on an LM report as part of a scheme to embezzle $72,422 from the union. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office.
April 6th, 2007On April 6, 2007 in the United States District Court for the District of Alaska, Kathy Schurosky, former office manager for Carpenters Local 2520, was sentenced to six months probation and a special assessment of $25 for willfully making false entries in the financial records of a labor organization. Schurosky had previously made full restitution in the amount of $3,397.86. On April 5, 2006, Schurosky pled guilty to the misdemeanor offense of willfully making false entries in union financial records. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Seattle District Office.
March 23rd, 2007On March 23, 2007, in the United States District Court for the District of Nevada, Kay Joy Andrews, former bookkeeper for Carpenters Local 1780, was sentenced to 5 years probation, including 6 months home confinement. Andrews was also ordered to make restitution in the amount of $40,086.50. On September 29, 2006, she pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $55,765.75. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Las Vegas Resident Investigative Office and the Las Vegas Office of the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General.
August 1st, 2006On August 1, 2006, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, Brian Druckemiller, former President of Carpenters Local 1936, was sentenced to one year probation and ordered to pay restitution to the local in the amount of $1,151. On May 31, 2006, Druckemiller pled guilty to making false entries in union records. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia District Office.
June 26th, 2006On June 26, 2006, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Barbara Turner, former office secretary for the Ohio and Vicinity Council of Carpenters, was sentenced to five years probation and ordered to make restitution of $29,307.46 to the local and to pay a $100 special assessment. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office.
March 28th, 2006On March 28, 2006, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, Phyllis Ann Pack, former Office Manager of the Kentucky District Council of Carpenters, was sentenced to one year of probation and was ordered to pay a $500 fine and a $100 assessment. On December 19, 2005, Pack pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $3,349. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
June 8th, 2005On June 8, 2005, in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, Julie Messick, the former treasurer of Local 2001, Carpenters, was sentenced to one year probation and ordered to pay a fine of $100 for embezzling union funds. Messick had previously made restitution to the union in the amount of $11,793.85. On February 17, 2005, Messick pled guilty to the charge following an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia District Office.
April 22nd, 2005On April 22, 2005, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, Mary Jane Krausz, former office secretary of Locals 295, 377, and 1535, Carpenters, was sentenced to five months confinement and three years supervised release (the first five months of the supervised release must be spent in home confinement). Additionally, she was ordered to pay $27,629.89 in restitution. On November 1, 2004, Krausz plead guilty to embezzling $37,204 of union funds following an investigation by the OLMS St. Louis District Office.
February 7th, 2005On February 7, 2005, in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, Joy Torrance, former office secretary for Local 1094, Carpenters, was sentenced to five years of probation for embezzling union funds. She was ordered to make restitution to the union in the amount of $31,640. On November 8, 2004, Torrance pled guilty to the charge following an investigation by the OLMS Seattle District Office.
August 10th, 2004On August 10, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, Henry Watson, the former president of Carpenters Local 3031, was sentenced to three years probation for embezzling $4,125 in union funds. Watson was ordered to make full restitution and must not incur any additional debt. On June 1, 2004, Watson pled guilty to one count of embezzlement following an investigation by the OLMS New Orleans District Office.
June 30th, 2004On June 30, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, George W. Fridenstine, former financial-secretary of Carpenters Local 305, was sentenced to six months of home confinement with electronic supervision for embezzling $24,174.64 in union funds. Additionally, Fridenstine was ordered to complete 15 months of supervised probation and fined $2,000. The sentence follows an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office.
July 31st, 2003On July 31, 2003, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Dana Moore, former office manager of the Carpenters Great Lakes Regional Industrial Council, was sentenced to three years probation and ordered to make restitution of $22,590.41 and perform 75 hours of community service. He had pled guilty on March 11, 2003 to a one-count information following an investigation by the OLMS Detroit District Office.
February 18th, 2003On February 18, 2003, in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, Jerome Dube, former financial secretary of Carpenters Local 1865, was sentenced to three years probation with the first 120 days to be served in community confinement with work release followed by 60 days in home detention with work release. Dube was ordered to pay restitution in the total amount of $14,176. Dube pled guilty to embezzling union funds on November 27, 2002, following an investigation by the OLMS Minneapolis Resident Investigator Office.
January 28th, 2003On January 28, 2003, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida, Geoffrey R. Barron, former business manager/financial secretary- treasurer of Carpenters Local 2471, was sentenced to five years probation, ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $35,855, and ordered to pay a special court assessment of $100.00. On October 29, 2002, Barron pled guilty to embezzling $29,855.26 in union funds following an investigation by the OLMS Atlanta District Office.
March 26th, 2002On March 26, 2002, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, Robert Dean Meyer, former financial secretary of Carpenters Local 1481, was sentenced to 12 months and 1 day imprisonment and two years of supervised release. He was also ordered to make full restitution of $47,346 to the union and the union's bonding company. He had pled guilty to embezzling union funds on December 6, 2001, following an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.
November 30th, 2001On November 30, 2001, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Michelle Terrell Spargur, former bookkeeper/office secretary for Carpenters Locals 364 and 1124, was sentenced to ten months home confinement with electronic monitoring and five years probation and was ordered to make restitution to the locals of $29,673. The charges had been brought on July 13, 2001, following an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
October 15th, 2001On October 15, 2001, in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, Wilfield Bloomfield, former bookkeeper of Carpenters Local 1553, was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment followed by 36 months of supervised release. He had pled guilty on July 16, 2001, to the embezzlement of $2,275 in union funds. He was ordered by the court to make restitution of $110,886.65 to the union's bonding company. The charges had been brought following an investigation by the OLMS Los Angeles District Office.