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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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August 11th, 2015On August 11, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Estella Collier, former office secretary for Carpenters Local 200 (located in Columbus, Ohio), pled guilty to one count of embezzlement, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). On July 28, 2015, an information was filed charging Collier with embezzling $12,933 by writing unauthorized checks payable to herself and her credit union as well as using the unionÕs bank account to make personal purchases from online merchants. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati-Cleveland District Office and the Department of LaborÕs Office of Inspector General.
July 28th, 2015On July 28, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Estella Collier, former office secretary for Carpenters Local 200 (located in Columbus, Ohio), was charged in an information with one count of embezzlement, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). Collier is charged with embezzling $12,933 by writing unauthorized checks payable to herself and her credit union as well as using the unionÕs bank account to make personal purchases from online merchants. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati-Cleveland District Office and the Department of LaborÕs Office of Inspector General.
July 1st, 2015On July 1, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Glenn Robert Smith, former comptroller for the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights (located in Warren, Mich.), was charged in a one-count information with embezzling $499,087 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The charge follows a joint investigation by the OLMS Detroit-Milwaukee District Office, the Department of LaborÕs Office of Inspector General, and the Internal Revenue Service.
March 12th, 2014On March 12, 2014, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, Jeanine Breaux, former office secretary for Carpenters Local 1846 (located in Metairie, La.), pled guilty to embezzling union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). On February 3, 2014, Breaux was charged in a one-count bill of information with embezzlement of union funds. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.
February 3rd, 2014On February 3, 2014, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, Jeanine Breaux, former secretary/bookkeeper for United Brotherhood of Carpenters Local 1846 (located in Metairie, La.), was charged in a one-count bill of information with embezzlement of union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.
November 5th, 2013On November 5, 2013, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, Angela G. Webster, former office secretary for Carpenters Local 943 (located in Tulsa, Okla.), pled guilty to an indictment charging her with embezzlement of union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas District Office.
March 1st, 2013On March 1, 2013, in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, Dawn Carson, former office manager for United Brotherhood of Carpenters Local 247 (located in Portland, Ore.) was charged via information with one count of embezzling $6,900 in union funds in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Seattle District Office.
July 3rd, 2012On July 3, 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.), was charged with one count of theft in the amount of $25,417.74, in violation of Louisiana Revised Statute 14:67. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS New Orleans District Office.
March 13th, 2012On March 13, 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), pled guilty to one count of embezzlement. On February 23, 2012, an information was filed charging Dixon with embezzling between $70,000 and $170,218. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office and Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General.
February 23rd, 2012On February 23, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Western Division, an information was filed charging Laura Dixon, former office secretary for the Ohio and Vicinity Regional Council of Carpenters (located in Cleveland, Ohio), with one count of embezzlement in the amount of $170,216, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The information follows a joint investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office and the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General.
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.
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.
August 5th, 2011On August 5, 2011, in the Morgan Circuit/Superior Court (Indiana), Cynthia Collier, former Secretary-Treasurer of Carpenters Local 2177 (located in Scottsburg, Ind.), was charged with theft under Indiana Code 35-43-4-2(a). The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
June 15th, 2011On June 15, 2011, in the Northern District of New York, Alyson Harmon, former office employee for Carpenters Local 281 (located in Binghamton, N.Y.), was indicted for embezzling $20,482 between July 2006 and June 2008 from Local 281, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Buffalo District Office.
June 13th, 2011On June 13, 2011, in United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Colin Rehrig, the former bookkeeper for Carpenters Local 600 (located in Bethlehem, Pa.), pled guilty to embezzlement of union funds totaling $30,483.71, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). Rehrig was charged on March 30, 2011. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia District Office.
May 5th, 2011On May 5, 2011, in Anoka County (Minnesota) District Court, Brenda Olson, former office secretary of Carpenters Local 851 (located in Anoka, Minn.), pled guilty to a charge of felony theft over $5,000. On December 15, 2010, Olson was charged with the same crime. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Milwaukee District Office.
March 30th, 2011On March 30, 2011, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Colin Rehrig, former bookkeeper for Carpenters Local 600 (located in Bethlehem, Pa.), was charged in a one-count information with embezzlement of union funds totaling $30,483.71, in violation of 29 U.S.C. Section 501(c). The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia District Office.
December 15th, 2010On December 15, 2010, in Anoka County (Minnesota) District Court, Brenda Olson, former office secretary for Carpenters Local 851 (located in Anoka, Minn.), was charged with theft of over $5,000. The complaint alleges that Olson stole union funds in the amount of $19,350.31. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Milwaukee District Office.
September 23rd, 2010On September 23, 2010, in Newton Massachusetts District Court, a criminal complaint was issued against Richard Dean, former Treasurer of Carpenters Local 275 in Newton, MA, charging him with 11 counts of larceny totaling $15,374. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Boston District Office.
March 17th, 2010On March 17, 2010, in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, Toni Lancaster, former office manager of the Carpenters Independent Local 711 (located in Portland, Ore.), was charged with seven counts embezzling union funds in the amount of $68,403 and one count of falsification and concealment of labor union financial documents. The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Seattle District Office.
March 17th, 2010On March 17, 2010, in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, Charles Owens, former Financial Secretary of Carpenters Independent Local 2791 (located in Scio, Ore), was charged with ten counts of embezzling union funds in the amount of $65,791. The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Seattle 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.
July 7th, 2009On July 7, 2009, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, San Jose Division, an information was filed charging Erica Alda Perez, former secretary and bookkeeper of Carpenters Local 9144 (located in San Jose, California), with one count of false statements. The information follows an investigation by the OLMS San Francisco District Office
May 6th, 2009On May 6, 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.), pled guilty to one count of making a false entry in or willful concealment of books and records. On February 19, 2009, an information was filed charging Jimenez with one count of false entry in or willful concealment of books and records. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS San Francisco District Office.
February 19th, 2009On February 19, 2009, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, an information was filed charging Audrea Ann Jimenez, former secretary/bookkeeper of Carpenters Local 262 (located in San Jose, Calif.), with one count of false entry in or willful concealment of books and records. The information follows an investigation by the OLMS San Francisco District Office.
November 14th, 2007On November 14, 2007, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Brad Dubray, former Treasurer of Carpenters Local 113, pled guilty to embezzling union funds in the amount of $14,548.11. On October 15, 2007, DuBray was charged with one count of embezzling union funds in the same amount. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
June 12th, 2007On June 12, 2007, Lisa Oatman, former recording secretary of Carpenters Local 1594 in Wausau, WI was charged by the Marathon County, WI District Attorney’s Office with theft from Local 1594 in an amount greater than $2,500 but less than $5,000. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Milwaukee District Office.
January 23rd, 2007On January 23, 2007, in the United States District Court for the District Of Alaska, Kathy Schurosky, former employee for Carpenters Local 2520, was charged with one count of making false entries in union records in the amount of $2,360. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Seattle District Office.
March 8th, 2006On March 8, 2006, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, an information was filed against Brian Druckemiller, former President of Carpenters Local 1936, charging him with making false entries in labor union records. The information follows an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia District Office.
October 26th, 2005On October 26, 2005, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, an information was filed against Barbara Turner, former office secretary of Carpenters Local 2239, charging her with one count of embezzling union funds totaling $29,307. The information follows an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland 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.
February 17th, 2005On February 17, 2005, in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, Julie Messick, the former treasurer of Local 2001, Carpenters, entered a guilty plea by plea agreement to one count of a five-count indictment. She pled guilty to embezzling union funds. Messick had previously made restitution in the amount of $9,164. She further stipulated in the plea agreement that she will make additional restitution in the amount of $2,629.85. On December 7, 2004, Messick was charged following an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia 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.
November 1st, 2004On November 1, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, Mary Jane Krausz, former office secretary of Carpenters Locals 295, 377, and 1535, pled guilty to an information filed on that same date charging her with embezzling $37,204.63 in union funds. The information follows an investigation by the OLMS St. Louis District Office.
July 28th, 2004On July 28, 2004, in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, Joy Torrance, former office secretary of Carpenters Local 1094, was indicted for embezzling approximately $39,881 in union funds. The charge alleged that she wrote unauthorized pay checks to herself and third parties from the union's checking, savings, and money market accounts. The charge further alleged that Torrance used the union's business credit card without authorization. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Seattle District Office.
April 6th, 2004On April 6, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, an indictment was filed against Henry Watson, former president of Carpenters Local 3031, charging him with one count of embezzling $4,125 in union funds. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS New Orleans District Office.
February 6th, 2004On February 6, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, George W. Fridenstine, former financial secretary of Carpenters Local 305, was charged with embezzling $24,174.64 in union funds. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office.
October 24th, 2003On October 24, 2003 in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, an information was filed against Anna Maria Adinolfi, former dues collector for the Northern New Jersey Regional Council of Carpenters, charging her with embezzling $8,036 in union funds. Adinolfi allegedly failed to deposit dues from members who were paid in cash. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS New York District Office.
March 11th, 2003On March 11, 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, pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds. A one-count information charging Moore with embezzling $20,079 was filed on February 4, 2003, following an investigation by the OLMS Detroit District Office.
November 27th, 2002On November 27, 2002, in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, Jerome J. Dube, former financial secretary of Carpenters Local 1865, pled guilty to one count of embezzling $310.46 in union funds and admitted a total embezzlement of union funds in the approximate amount of $14,176. The charges had been brought following an investigation by the OLMS Minneapolis Resident Investigator Office.
November 22nd, 2002On November 22, 2002, in the Hamilton County (Ohio) Court of Common Pleas, Dave Mitchell, former treasurer of Carpenters Local 415, was indicted on one count of misdemeanor theft without consent. The charge was brought following an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
October 25th, 2002On October 25, 2002, 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 charged in a criminal complaint with embezzling approximately $20,000 in union funds. The charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS Detroit District Office.
October 1st, 2002On October 1, 2002, in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, an information was filed charging Jerome J. Dube, former financial secretary of Carpenters Local 1865, with one count of embezzling $310.46 in union funds. The information noted that Dube obtained unauthorized cash advances against his union credit card in the amount of $8,584.41 and received $5,592.26 in unauthorized and excessive payments from Local 1865's checking accounts. The charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS Minneapolis Resident Office.
May 14th, 2002On May 14, 2002, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York, Kelli S. LaLonde, a former bookkeeper of Carpenters Local 278, was charged in a criminal complaint with embezzling $3,926.63 in union funds. The charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS Buffalo District Office.
December 6th, 2001On December 6, 2001, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, Robert Dean Meyer, former financial secretary of Carpenters Local 1481, pled guilty to a one-count information charging him with embezzling $47,346.40 in union funds. The charges had been brought on November 19, 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.
November 19th, 2001On November 19, 2001, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, an information was filed charging Robert Dean Meyer, former secretary-treasurer of Carpenters Local 1481, with one count of embezzling $47,346.40 in union funds. The charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS Chicago 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.
July 16th, 2001On July 16, 2001, in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, Wilfield Bloomfield, former bookkeeper for Carpenters Local 1553, pled guilty to one count of embezzling $2,275 in union funds. The charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS Los Angeles District Office.
July 13th, 2001On July 13, 2001, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Michele Terrell Spargur, former office secretary for Carpenters Locals 364 and 1124, pled guilty to two counts of embezzling a total of $29,673 in union funds and two counts of destroying union records. The charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
March 9th, 2001On March 9, 2001, in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, Wilfield Bloomfield, former bookkeeper for Carpenters Local 1553, was indicted on 12 counts of embezzling $25,140.57 in union funds. The charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS Los Angeles District Office.