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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.

DateDescription
May 29th, 2012On May 29, 2012, in the Circuit Court for Fauquier County, Virginia, Daniel Kramer, former Secretary-Treasurer of Fire Fighters Local 45 (located in Newport News, Va.), was charged in an indictment with one count of grand larceny, in violation of Virginia Code Section 18.2-95. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office.
May 17th, 2012On May 17, 2012, in the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island, a criminal complaint was filed charging Joseph Palumbo, former President of Firefighters Local 100 (located in Newport, R.I.), with embezzlement and fraudulent conversion in the amount of $1,541.91, in violation of Rhode Island General Laws 11-41-3. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Boston District Office.
February 23rd, 2012On February 23, 2012, in the State of Texas, El Paso County, William Dempsey, President of Fire Fighters Local 294 (located in Las Cruces, N.M.), was indicted for theft of property of more than $1,500 but less than $20,000, in violation of Texas Penal Code Section 31.03. The charge follows an investigation by OLMS Denver District Office.
October 15th, 2010On October 15, 2010, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Aaron Hunter, former President of Firefighters Local 108-F (located in Fort Leonard Wood, MO), was sentenced to one year probation for the charge of making false statements in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1001 to conceal his embezzlement of union funds. Hunter paid restitution totaling $30,000 prior to his sentencing. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS St. Louis District Office.
June 4th, 2010On June 4, 2010, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Aaron Hunter, former President of Firefighters Local 108F (located in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.), was charged with one count of making false statements to conceal his embezzlement of union funds. Hunter then pled guilty to the charge. The charge and plea follows an investigation by the OLMS St. Louis District Office.
January 28th, 2002On January 28, 2002, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Richard Adams, former treasurer of Fire Fighters Local 639, pled guilty to bank fraud for a scheme to deprive the union of $142,715.78. The charges had been brought on January 17, 2002, following a joint investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office and the FBI.
January 17th, 2002On January 17, 2002, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Richard Adams, former treasurer of Firefighters Local 639, was charged in a one-count information with bank fraud in the amount of $3,139.25. The embezzlement of union funds totaled $144,939.46 and restitution will be based on that amount. The charges were brought following a joint investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office and the FBI.