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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.
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.
June 11th, 2015On June 11, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, John P. Jones, former Financial Secretary for United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBCJA) Local 59 (located in Spokane, Wash.), pled guilty to one count of embezzlement, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c), for embezzling over $12,000 from the union. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS San Francisco-Seattle District Office.
May 5th, 2015On May 5, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, John P. Jones, former Financial Secretary for United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBCJA) Local 59 (located in Spokane, Wash.), was indicted on a single count of embezzlement from a labor organization, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The indictment followed 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.
April 16th, 2014On April 16, 2014, in the United States District Court for the District of Alaska, Jonathan Smith, former Financial Secretary of United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners (UBCJ) Local 2247 (located in Juneau, Alaska), was indicted for one count of embezzling $40,000 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Seattle District Office.
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 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.
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.
September 3rd, 2013On September 3, 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.), was indicted for embezzling $13,015 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas 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.
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.
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.
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.
April 30th, 2012On April 30, 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.), pled guilty to three counts of embezzling union funds in the amount of $8,322. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia 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 24th, 2012On February 24, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Zeffrey Tibbs, spouse of Marqueeta Tibbs, former office secretary for Carpenters Local 437 (located in Portsmouth, Ohio), pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to embezzle union finds in the amount of $84,903, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 371. Zeffrey Tibbs was indicted on September 21, 2011. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
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.
January 25th, 2012On January 25, 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), pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to embezzle union funds in the amount of $84,903, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 371. Tibbs was indicted on September 21, 2011. The guilty 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 10th, 2012On January 10, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Victor Rovani III, former business representative of United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America Local 454 (located in Philadelphia, Pa.), was indicted and an arrest warrant issued for three counts of embezzlement totaling $8,322, one count of bank fraud, and two counts of deprivation of a union member’s rights pertaining to internal union matters. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia 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 23rd, 2011On September 23, 2011, in the Northern District Court of New York, Alyson Harmon, former office employee for Carpenters Local 281 (located in Binghamton, N.Y.), pled guilty to embezzling union funds. On June 15, 2011, Harmon was indicted for having embezzled $20,482 between July 2006 and June 2008. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Buffalo 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 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 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.
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.
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.
February 23rd, 2011On February 23, 2011, in the United States District Court of Oregon, Charles Owens, former Financial Secretary for United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners Local 2791 (located in Scio, Ore.), pled guilty to a one-count information for failing to maintain union records in an effort to conceal the embezzlement of union funds totaling $65,791. Sentencing is scheduled for May 16, 2011. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Seattle District Office.
November 12th, 2010On November 12, 2010, 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, TX), pled guilty to embezzling $99,178 in union funds in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). Sentencing is scheduled for February 25, 2011. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas District Office.
September 15th, 2010On September 15, 2010, in the United States District Court of Eastern Texas, Michael Doggett, former Financial Secretary of Carpenters Local 502 (located in Orange, Texas), was indicted on one count of embezzlement from an employee benefit plan in the amount of $58,994, and one count of embezzlement from a labor union in the amount of $45,043. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Houston Resident Investigator Office, the Employee Benefits Security Administration and the FBI.
May 17th, 2010On May 17, 2010, in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, Shawn Clark, former Business Agent of Carpenters Local 455 (located in Somerville, N.J.), was found guilty on fifteen counts of embezzling union funds and conspiracy to improperly spend the funds of Local 455 for his own personal use and the use of others, approximately during the period of December 2000 through December 2007. On June 17, 2009, Clark was indicted on sixteen counts of embezzling union funds in excess of $85,000 and conspiracy to improperly spend the funds of Local 455. The verdict follows an investigation by the OLMS New York 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.
June 17th, 2009On June 17, 2009, in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, Shawn Clark, former Business Agent of Carpenters Local 455 (located in Somerville, N.J.), was indicted on sixteen counts of embezzling union funds in excess of $85,000 and conspiracy to improperly spend union funds for his own personal use and the use of others during the approximate period of December 2000 through December 2007. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS New York 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.
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.
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.
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.
October 10th, 2006On October 10, 2006, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, David Taylor, former Financial Secretary for Carpenters Local 1402, pled guilty to one count of making false statements on an LM report as part of a scheme to cover up his embezzlement of union funds in the amount of $72,422. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office.
September 29th, 2006On September 29, 2006, in the United States District Court for the District of Nevada, Kay Joy Andrews, former bookkeeper for Carpenters Local 1780, pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $55,765.00. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Las Vegas Resident Investigator Office and the Las Vegas Office of the Department of Labor's Office of Inspector General.
April 19th, 2006On April 19, 2006, in the United States District Court for the District of Nevada, Kay Joy Andrews, former bookkeeper for Carpenters Local 1780, was indicted on one count of embezzling $55,765.75 in union funds. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Las Vegas Resident Investigator Office and the Las Vegas Office of the Department of Labor's Office of Inspector General Office of Labor Racketeering and Fraud Investigations.
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.
December 19th, 2005On December 19, 2005, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, Phyllis Ann Pack, former office manager for the Kentucky State District Council of Carpenters, pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $3,349. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati 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.
September 26th, 2005On September 26, 2005, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Evon Louis, aka Evon Lewis, while employed by Carpenters Local Union 130, was indicted on one count of embezzling union funds totaling $11,635.57. On September 27, 2005, Louis/Lewis was arrested by U.S. Marshals in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and released pending arraignment after posting bond. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Tampa Resident Investigator 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 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.
December 7th, 2004On December 7, 2004, in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, Julie Messick, former treasurer of Local 2001, Carpenters, was indicted on five counts of embezzlement in excess of $10,000 in union funds. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia District Office.
November 11th, 2004On November 11, 2004, in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, Joy Torrance, former office secretary of Local 1094, Carpenters, pled guilty to embezzling $31,640.02 in union funds. An indictment filed on July 28, 2004, alleged that Torrance created and cashed unauthorized checks to herself and other third parties from the union's checking, savings, and money market accounts. In addition, the indictment alleged that Torrance used the union's credit card without authorization. The guilty plea follows 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.
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.
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.
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.
June 1st, 2004On June 1, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, Henry Watson, former president of Carpenters Local 3031, pled guilty to one count of embezzling $4,125 in union funds. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS New Orleans 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.
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.
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.
October 29th, 2002On October 29, 2002, 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, pled guilty to the embezzlement of $29,855.26 in union funds. He was indicted for the embezzlement of union funds on September 17, 2002 following an investigation by the OLMS Atlanta 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.
September 17th, 2002On September 17, 2002, 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 indicted on one count of embezzlement of $29,855.26 of local union funds following an investigation by the OLMS Atlanta District 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.
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.
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 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.