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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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October 6th, 2016On October 6, 2016, in the Dubois Superior Court in Dubois County, Indiana, Carlton Woodcox, former Secretary-Treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 2150 (located in Jasper, Ind.), was sentenced to 368 days in jail (360 days suspended and credit given for eight days previously served), 360 days of probation, and 80 hours of community service, and he was ordered to pay full restitution of $30,859. On September 7, 2016, Woodcox pled guilty to one count of theft in the amount of $30,859. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati-Cleveland District Office.
September 14th, 2016On September 14, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Benjamin Stancil, former Secretary-Treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 451 (located in Havelock, N.C.), was sentenced to 120 days of home confinement and three years of probation, and was ordered to pay $13,308 in restitution, a $2,500 fine, and a $400 special assessment. On June 13, 2016, Stancil pled guilty to four counts of wire fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1343. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Atlanta-Nashville District Office.
July 21st, 2016On July 21, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (White Plains), William Davis, former President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 1119 (located in Montrose, N.Y.), was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison and two years of supervised release, in connection with embezzling approximately $150,000 in union funds. Davis was further ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $150,000 and a $100 special assessment. On April 6, 2016, Davis pled guilty to one count of wire fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1343. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS New York District Office and Department of Veterans AffairsÕ Office of Inspector General.
July 15th, 2016On July 15, 2016, in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Marcella Champion, former Secretary-Treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 1831 (located in Landover, Md.) was sentenced to nine months in prison followed by three years of supervised release. Champion was also ordered to perform 240 hours of community service and pay $19,152 in restitution. Champion had previously paid $2,000 in restitution. On May 3, 2016, Champion pled guilty to one count of theft within a special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 661. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office.
May 17th, 2016On May 17, 2016, in the United States District Court for the District of Maine, Mark P. Durinski, former President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 294 (located in Limestone, Maine), was sentenced to one month of imprisonment, three years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $53,544. On September 14, 2015, Durinski pled guilty to three counts of making false statements and entries on LM-Reports, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1001(a)(3). The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Boston-Buffalo District Office.
May 4th, 2016On May 4, 2016, in the United States District Court for the District of Kansas, Shelly Sutton, former Treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 477 (located in Wichita, Kans.), was sentenced to three months in prison, three years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay restitution of $78,778. On February 17, 2016, Sutton pled guilty to one count of bank fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1344. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Denver-St. Louis District Office.
January 5th, 2016On January 5, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Northern Division, Edward Mason, former President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 2274 (located in Saginaw, Mich.), was sentenced to two years of probation and was ordered to pay $21,077 in restitution and a $25 special assessment. On September 17, 2015, Mason pled guilty to one count of making false statements in an official certificate or writing, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1018. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit-Milwaukee District Office and the Department of LaborÕs Office of Inspector General.
November 17th, 2015On November 17, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, Stephanie Hicks, former President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 2207 (located in Birmingham, Ala.), was sentenced to six months in federal prison, six months of home confinement, and five years of supervised probation. Hicks was also ordered to pay $83,927 in restitution and a $1,600 fine. Hicks previously paid restitution in the amount of $8,000. Hicks pled guilty to eight counts of bank fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1344, and eight counts of passing a forged security, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 513, for a loss of $91,927. The sentencing follows a joint investigation by the OLMS Atlanta-Nashville District Office and the Department of Veterans AffairsÕ Office of Inspector General.
September 9th, 2015On September 9, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, Paul Florez, former President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 3922 (located in El Paso, Tex.), was sentenced to 180 days of home confinement, five years of probation, and was ordered to pay $44,878 in restitution and a $5,000 fine. On June 10, 2015, Florez pled guilty to a one-count indictment for taking away with the intent to steal property of another within special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 661. The sentencing following follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.
July 7th, 2015On July 7, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, Curtis Bullick, former President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 3254 (located in Bunker Hill, Ind.), was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to pay restitution of $2,107 and a special assessment of $25. On March 31, 2015, Bullick pled guilty to a one-count information for taking away with intent to steal property of another within a special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 661. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.
May 18th, 2015On May 18, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, Shiryll Durham, former President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 1687 (located in Mountain Home, Tenn.), was sentenced to time served and was ordered to pay restitution of $2,640 and a $25 assessment. On January 21, 2015, Durham pled guilty to one count of knowingly taking and carrying, with the intent to steal, the personal property of another within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 661. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Atlanta-Nashville District Office.
May 11th, 2015On May 11, 2015, in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, Aide Spade, former Secretary-Treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 709 (located in Littleton, Colo.), was sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to pay restitution of $14,234 plus an additional $5,000 fine. Spade previously paid $44,935 in restitution. On October 14, 2014, Spade pled guilty to one count of making and using a false document knowing the same to contain materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent statements and entries, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1001(a)(3). The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Denver-St. Louis District Office and the Department of JusticeÕs Office of Inspector General.
March 31st, 2015On March 31, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, South Bend, Curtis Bullick, former President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 3254 (located in Bunker Hill, Ind.), pled guilty to a one-count information for taking away with the intent to steal property of another within a special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 661. The sentencing is scheduled for July 7, 2015. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.
March 5th, 2015On March 5, 2015, in the United States District Court for the District of Kansas, Timothy Sanchez, former President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 906 (located in Topeka, Kans.), was sentenced to 18 months of imprisonment followed by one year of supervised release and was ordered to pay restitution of $50,156. On September 12, 2014, Sanchez pled guilty to one count of Interstate Transportation of Money Obtained by Fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 2314. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Denver-St. Louis District Office.
February 2nd, 2015On February 2, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, Shiryll Durham, former President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 1687 (located in Mountain Home, Tenn.), pled guilty to one count of mail fraud in the amount of $2,651, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1341. The sentencing is scheduled for May 18, 2015. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Atlanta-Nashville Office.
June 5th, 2014On June 5, 2014, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Mary Craigen, former Secretary Treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 2107 (located in North Chicago, Ill.), was sentenced to 90 days of home confinement, two years of probation, 200 hours of community service, and was ordered to pay restitution of $8,975. On November 20, 2012, Craigen pled guilty to count one of mail fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1341. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.
May 23rd, 2014On May 23, 2014, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, James E. Charleston, former President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 2107 (located in North Chicago, Ill.), was sentenced to one year and one day of imprisonment followed by 18 months of supervised release and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $102,784. On January 28, 2014, Charleston pled guilty to one count of mail fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1341. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.
March 6th, 2014On March 6, 2014, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, Janet Posey, former President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 2384 (located in Clarksburg, W.Va.), was sentenced to one year of probation and was ordered to pay a $250 fine. On October 22, 2013, Posey pled guilty to a one-count information charging her with receiving and concealing less than $1,000 in money and funds feloniously taken, stolen, and embezzled, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 662. Posey previously made full restitution of $3,026. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia-Pittsburgh District Office.
March 6th, 2014On March 6, 2014, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, Linda Bland, former Vice President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 2384 (located in Clarksburg, W.Va.), was sentenced to one year of probation and was ordered to pay $947 in restitution and a $250 fine. On October 22, 2013, Bland pled guilty to a one-count information charging her with receiving and concealing less than $1,000 in money and funds feloniously taken, stolen, and embezzled, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 662. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia-Pittsburgh District Office.
January 28th, 2014On January 28, 2014, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, Shelly Roanhorse, former Treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 3601 (located in Claremore, Okla.), was sentenced to three years of probation and was ordered to pay $4,565 in restitution. On October 21, 2013, Roanhorse pled guilty to a one count indictment charging her with making false statements, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1001. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.
November 20th, 2013On November 20, 2013, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida, Danny L. Hubbard, former President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 1380 (located in Panama City, Fla.), was sentenced to 30 months of incarceration followed by three years of supervised release and was ordered to pay $91,600 in restitution and a $2,400 special assessment. On August 8, 2013, Hubbard pled guilty to 24 counts of wire fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1343. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS New Orleans and Atlanta District Offices. (Supervisory Investigator Tara Thibodaux)
November 1st, 2013On November 1, 2013, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, Federck C. Petro, former President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 2094 was sentenced to six months of home confinement, three years of probation and was ordered to pay $112,477 in restitution and a $100 special assessment. On February 14, 2013, Petro pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds on a federal enclave, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 661. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS New York District Office and the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Inspector General, Criminal Investigations Division.
September 30th, 2013On September 30, 2013, in the 4th Judicial District Court, County of Rusk, Texas, Roberto Macias, Jr., former President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 2759 (located in El Paso, Tex.), was sentenced to three years of probation and was ordered to pay restitution of $2,775 and interpreter fees. On November 8, 2012, Macias was charged with felony theft in the third degree for a value of $2,800, in violation of Texas State Penal Code Section 31.03. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas District Office.
August 6th, 2013On August 6, 2013, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Christopher Stansbury, former President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 1765 (located in Chicago, Ill.), was sentenced to two years of probation and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount $18,662. On January 9, 2013, Stansbury pled guilty to one count of theft in a federal enclave, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 661. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.
July 29th, 2013On July 29, 2013, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Jacquelyn Pugh-Rodgers, former Vice President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 2107 (located in North Chicago, Ill.), was sentenced to three years of probation with six months of community confinement and was ordered to pay $35,663 in restitution and a special assessment of $100. On March 15, 2013, Pugh-Rodgers pled guilty to one count of mail fraud in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1341. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.
July 17th, 2013On July 17, 2013, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Timothy Harper, former President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 2326 (located in Great Lakes, Ill.), was sentenced to three months of imprisonment followed by three months of supervised release under home confinement with electronic monitoring. Harper was also ordered to make full restitution of $15,837. On April 17, 2013, Harper pled guilty to one count of theft on a federal enclave, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 661. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.
July 8th, 2013On July 8, 2013, in the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico, Francisco Smalls, President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 2263 (located in Albuquerque, N.M.), was sentenced to two years of probation and was ordered to pay $6,726 in restitution and a $100 assessment. On January 28, 2013, Smalls pled guilty to one count of embezzlement within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 661, and aiding and abetting, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 2. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Denver District Office.
May 28th, 2013On May 28, 2013, in the Hamilton County (Ohio) Court of Common Pleas, Cynthia Yancey, former Secretary Treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 3840 (located in Cincinnati, Ohio), pled guilty to misdemeanor theft, in violation of Ohio Revised Code 2913.02. On the same date, Yancey was sentenced to court costs. She previously made restitution in the amount of $4,255. The guilty plea and sentencing follow an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
May 6th, 2013On May 6, 2013, in the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota, Melody Wouden, former President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 2342 (located in Ft. Meade, S.D.), was sentenced to six months unsupervised probation. On January 15, 2013, Wouden pled guilty to one count of larceny in an amount under $1,000, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 7(3) and 661. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Minneapolis Resident Investigator Office.
January 17th, 2013On January 17, 2013, in the Superior Court of Washington, County of Clark, David Currie, former President and Treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 2583 (located in Vancouver, Wash.), pled guilty to a single count of theft in the 2nd degree, in violation of WA RCW 9A.56.020 (1)(a)/9A.56.040 (1)(a). Currie was then sentenced to 30 days in jail and was ordered to pay restitution totaling $6,552 and a $500 fine. The plea and sentencing follow an investigation by the OLMS Seattle District Office.
December 14th, 2012On December 14, 2012, in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Gloria Dickinson, former Secretary-Treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 421 (located in Washington, D.C.), was sentenced to 30 days of home confinement, five years of probation, and 40 hours of community service. She was also ordered to make restitution in the amount of $21,713.32. On September 14, 2012, Dickinson pled guilty to one count of making false statements on an LM report, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1001, in order to conceal her embezzlement. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office.
December 13th, 2012On December 13, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas, Bryan Lowry, former President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Council 33 (located in Forrest City, Ark.), pled guilty to a one-count information charging him with making a false writing, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1013, and was then sentenced to two years of probation and was ordered to pay $4,114 in restitution. The charge and sentencing follow an investigation by the OLMS Dallas District Office and Department of Justice’s Office of Inspector General.
October 18th, 2012On October 18, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, Kelley Dull, former President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 2904 (located in Kansas City, Mo.), and former President of AFGE Council 171 (located in Cleveland, Ohio), was sentenced to six months of incarceration, three years of supervised probation (up to six months of which will be home detention with electronic monitoring), and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $32,118.66 and a $100 special assessment. On February 1, 2012, Dull pled guilty to one count of wire fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1343. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Kansas City Resident Investigator Office.
September 27th, 2012On September 27, 2012, in the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico, Graciela Jimenez, Secretary-Treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 2263 (located in Albuquerque, N.M.), was sentenced to three years of probation and was ordered to pay restitution $7,919 in restitution and a $25 assessment. On June 26, 2012, Jimenez pled guilty to one count of embezzlement within a special maritime and territorial jurisdiction, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 661. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Denver District Office.
September 13th, 2012On September 13, 2012, in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, Kevin Threat, former President of National Association of Government Employees (NAGE) Local R3-84 (located in Alexandria, Va.), was sentenced to 60 days of home detention, five years of probation, and was ordered to pay restitution of $15,505. On March 12, 2012, Threat pled guilty to one count of theft within a special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 661. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office and the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General.
September 5th, 2012On September 5, 2012, in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, Victor Davis, former President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 3283 (located in Cleveland, Ohio), was sentenced to six months of incarceration (suspended), one year of probation, and was ordered to make restitution in the amount of $1,358. On August 21, 2012, Davis pled guilty to one count of theft. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office.
May 14th, 2012On May 14, 2012, in the Pennington County South Dakota District Court, William Bilger, former Secretary-Treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 3365 (located in Rapid City, S.D.), pled guilty to petty theft greater than $400 and less than $1,000. Bilger was subsequently sentenced on the same date to pay restitution in the amount of $2,137 within one year, to obey all laws, and to pay grand jury costs. The plea and sentencing follow an investigation by the OLMS Milwaukee District Office.
April 10th, 2012On April 10, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, Vicki Guynn, former President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 1612 (located in Springfield, Mo.), was sentenced to four months of home confinement and three years of probation. On December 15, 2011, Guynn pled guilty to a one-count information charging her with wire fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1343, in connection with an embezzlement of $16,081. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS St. Louis District Office, the Department of Justice’s Office of Inspector General, and the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General.
January 20th, 2012On January 20, 2012, in the State of Louisiana, 26th Judicial District, Parish of Bossier, John Wayne Walker, former President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 2000 (located in Shreveport, La.), was sentenced for felony theft. Walker’s sentence was deferred pursuant to Article 893 for five years. He has also been placed on active probation for five years with the following special conditions: (1) comply with Article 893; (2) make restitution of $16,057.75 over probation period; (3) pay $75 per month for supervision fees; and (4) pay a fine of $500 and cost over probation. On January 20, 2012, Walker pled guilty to one count of felony theft of $16,057.75 in union funds, in violation of Louisiana Revised Statute 14:67. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS New Orleans District Office.
November 16th, 2011On November 16, 2011, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa, Ann Kelly, former Secretary-Treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 2814 (located in Council Bluffs, Iowa), was sentenced to six months home confinement and three years probation. Kelly was ordered to pay a $5,000 fine and a $100 special assessment. She paid $33,296.28 in restitution prior to sentencing. On August 11, 2011, Kelly pled guilty to one count of wire fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1343. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS St. Louis District Office.
June 6th, 2011On June 6, 2011, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, Garold Lawson, former President for National Association of Government Employees (NAGE) Local R14-139 (located in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.), was sentenced to six months confinement, four months home confinement, and three years probation. Lawson pled guilty to one count of embezzlement of $67,566 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS St. Louis District Office.
April 11th, 2011On April 11, 2011, in the First Judicial District for Jefferson and Gilpin County Court, Colorado, Heather Lynn Grover, former President and Treasurer of AFGE Local 1557 (located in Lakewood, Colo.), was charged with Felony Count 1 of Theft, Section 18-4-401(1), (2)(c), C.R.S. (F4) and added Misdemeanor Count 4 of Theft, Section 18-4-401(1), (2)(b.5), C.R.S. (M1) with a deferred judgment and sentence. Grover pled guilty to the charge and then was ordered to make full restitution of $5,529.26 and to pay all required court fees and fines of $290. The charge, guilty plea, and sentencing follow an investigation by the OLMS Denver District Office.
March 9th, 2011On March 9, 2011, in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Stanley Barringer, former Vice President and Treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 3707 (located in Chicopee, Mass.), was sentenced to one year of probation, six months of home confinement, and was ordered to pay a $2,000 fine. In November 2010, Barringer pled guilty to one count of concealing a material fact, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1001. Before pleading guilty, Barringer made restitution in the amount of $22,180. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS New Haven Resident Investigator Office.
November 2nd, 2010On November 2, 2010, in the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico, Fidel Garza, former President of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2063 (located in Albuquerque, NM), was sentenced to four months in prison, three years of supervised probation, and four months of home confinement, and he was ordered to make restitution in the amount of $77,457.89 and pay a $100 special assessment. Garza was also ordered to participate in a substance abuse program and barred from holding any position where he has fiduciary responsibility. Garza pled guilty to one count of 18 U.S.C. 1343 (wire fraud). The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Denver District Office.
October 15th, 2010On October 15, 2010, in Circuit Court for Arlington County, Virginia, Richard James, former President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 1402 (located in Arlington, VA), was sentenced to two years incarceration (all suspended), two years supervised probation, and 75 hours of community service for embezzling $9,850 from the union in violation of Section 18.2-111 of the Virginia Code. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office and the Arlington County Police Department.
July 16th, 2010On July 16, 2010, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, Daniel Gibson, former President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 3266 (located in Sallisaw, Okla.), was sentenced to twelve months and one day in prison followed by 24 months of supervised release probation and was ordered to make restitution in the amount of $33,986.39 and pay a $100 special assessment. On March 12, 2010, an information charged Gibson with making false statements. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas District Office.
July 13th, 2010On July 13, 2010, in the Hennepin County District Court of Minnesota, Lucy Irene Hastings, former Recording Secretary of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 1969 (located in Minneapolis, Minn.), pled guilty and received a stay of imposition of sentence, three years probation, and was ordered to pay restitution. On April 30, 2010, Hastings was charged with theft of union funds in the amount of $3,328.29. The plea and sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Minneapolis Resident Investigator Office.
July 12th, 2010On July 12, 2010, in United States District Court for the District of Western Washington, Sid Mannetti, former President of AFGE Local 1170 (located in Seattle, Wash.), was sentenced to twenty-four months of probation with six months of home confinement and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $50,463. On January 25, 2010, Mannetti was charge with embezzling union funds in the same amount. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Seattle District Office.
June 23rd, 2010On June 23, 2010, in United States District Court for the District of Alaska, Kevin McGee, former President of AFGE Local 3028 (located in Anchorage, Alaska), was sentenced to eighteen months of probation with thirty days of home confinement, and ordered to pay a $2,400 fine in addition to a restitution payment of $2,400. On February 26, 2010, McGee pled guilty to making a false representation in a federal form. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Seattle District Office.
November 5th, 2009On November 5, 2009, in the City and County of Denver District Court, Denver, Colorado, Sherri Pemberton, former President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 1802 (located in Denver, Colo.), pled guilty to one count of theft. Pemberton was immediately sentenced to two-years supervised probation, with judgment being deferred, was ordered to pay restitution of in the amount of $7,958, and was prohibited from serving as a union official for a period of 13 years. The sentencing follows a joint investigation by the OLMS Denver District Office and the Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector General.
September 4th, 2009On September 4, 2009, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, Don C. Padgett, former secretary treasurer of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 1304 (located in Greenville, Ill.), was sentenced to 21 months in prison for one count of mail fraud relating to an embezzlement of $185,042. Full restitution was ordered following release from incarceration. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS St. Louis District Office.
August 26th, 2009On August 26, 2009, in Cambria County (Pennsylvania) Court, Richard J. Vincent, former Treasurer of AFGE Local 3951, was sentenced to seven years probation and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $43,694 and court costs of $900. On February 24, 2009, Vincent pled guilty to two counts of theft by failure to make required disposition of funds. The sentencing follows a joint investigation by the OLMS Pittsburgh District Office and the Department of Labor's Office of the Inspector General.
August 13th, 2009On August 13, 2009, in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, LaRose Elsezy, former administrative assistant and bookkeeper of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 1923 (located in Baltimore, Md.), was sentenced to six months home confinement and three years probation. Elsezy was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $44,316.58. On June 19, 2009, Elsezy had pled guilty to one count of theft in a special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office.
June 11th, 2009On June 11, 2009, in the Montgomery County (Ohio) Court of Common Pleas, Monica Smalls, former Treasurer of AFGE Local 2209 (located in Dayton, Ohio), was sentenced to five years probation, ordered to make full restitution in the amount of $3,790, and required to attend the Montgomery County Theft Counseling Program. Smalls was indicted on April 10, 2009. On May 14, 2009, she pled guilty to theft of more than $500. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
February 19th, 2009On February 19, 2009, in the Cuyahoga County, Ohio Court of Common Pleas, Willie Harris, former Secretary-Treasurer of AFGE Local 2823 (located in Cleveland, Ohio), was sentenced to two years probation and ordered to make restitution in the amount of $5,784.61 following a guilty plea to one count of aggravated theft. The sentencing follows a joint investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office and the Veterans Administration's Office of the Inspector General.
February 12th, 2009On February 12, 2009, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, William Sargent, Jr., former Treasurer of AFGE Local 704 (located in Chicago, Ill.), was sentenced to five months imprisonment and one year supervised release and ordered to pay remaining restitution in the amount of $22,995.74 and a $25 assessment. On November 20, 2008, Sargent pled guilty to one count of larceny within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States. Prior to his sentencing, Sargent paid restitution in the amount of $8,019.55. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.
October 30th, 2008On October 30, 2008, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Edna Latimore, former Secretary Treasurer of AFGE Local 900 (located in St. Louis, Mo.) was sentenced to six months home detention, three years probation and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $77,857.26. On August 7, 2008, Latimore was charged with making false statements on the local’s Form LM-3. Latimore omitted unauthorized payments to herself from the report. The sentencing follows an investigation by the St. Louis District Office.
October 23rd, 2008On October 23, 2008, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Lawrence Marable and Deborah Powell, former President and Treasurer, respectively, of AFGE Local1793, representing employees at the VA Medical Center in (Philadelphia, Pa.) both were sentenced on a seven count indictment that included one count of conspiracy, five counts of theft of property in a special territorial jurisdiction of the United States and one count of making false statements. Marable was sentenced to eighteen months incarceration followed by three years of supervised probation, ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $184,129.85, a special assessment of $700.00 and a fine of $3,000.00. Powell was sentenced to twelve months and one day incarceration followed by two years of supervised probation, ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $184,129.85 and a special assessment of $700.00. Marable and Powell conspired to convert dues checkoff checks and issue Local 1793 checks for their personal use totaling $184,129.85. Marable and Powell were held separately liable in the payment of restitution. The sentencings follow a joint investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia District Office and the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General.
October 16th, 2008On October 16, 2008, in the County Court of Westchester County, NY, Glenroy Richards, former President of AFGE Local 2440 (located in Montrose, N.Y.), was sentenced to five years supervised probation and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $11,243. During the period of July 2006 to November 2006, Richards utilized his union-issued debit card to withdraw funds in the same amount from the union’s checking account. On July 7, 2008, Richards pled guilty to grand larceny in the third degree. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS New York District Office.
October 6th, 2008On October 6, 2008, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, Karimah Bailey, former Treasurer of AFGE Local 3197 (located in Seattle, Wash.), was sentenced to twelve months and one day in jail, three years supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $98,802.17. On April 4, 2008, Bailey pled guilty to embezzling union funds in the amount of $85,412, and making a false statement and representation of a material fact, knowing it to be false, on the local’s annual financial report. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Seattle District Office.
June 26th, 2008On June 26, 2008, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Michelle Meek, former Treasurer of AFGE Local 3435 (located in Columbus, Ohio), was sentenced to five years probation, 50 hours of community service, and ordered to make restitution in the amount of $7,278. On April 1, 2008, Meek pled guilty to embezzlement within a special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States. The sentencing follows a joint investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office, the Department of Labor's Office of the Inspector General, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of the Inspector General.
April 7th, 2008On April 7, 2008, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, Michael Rutowski, former Treasurer of AFGE Local 2913 (located in Blaine, Was.) was sentenced to one day in jail, two years supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution for embezzling union funds in the amount of $71,295.75 and making a false statement and representation of a material fact, knowing it to be false, on the local’s annual financial report. On January 18, 2008, Rutowski pled guilty to one count of making a false and fraudulent representation to a federal agency. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Seattle District Office.
January 29th, 2008On January 29, 2008, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, Brad Harper, former Treasurer of AFGE Local 1629, was sentenced to 14 months in prison and 3 years of supervised release, ordered to pay a special assessment of $100, and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $75,069.49. On August 9, 2007, Harper pled guilty to one count of making materially false statements on the local’s annual financial report. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit District Office.
November 1st, 2007On November 1, 2007, in the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska, Connie Scarrow, former Secretary-Treasurer of AFGE Local 3749, was sentenced to five years probation and ordered to serve six months of home confinement. On August 9, 2007, Scarrow pled guilty to knowingly and willfully making a false entry on the local's Form LM-3 to conceal her misappropriation of union funds. Scarrow had previously made restitution in the amount of $11,000. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Kansas City Resident Office.
July 30th, 2007On July 30, 2007, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, Brenda Sue Myers, also known as Brenda Sue Barnett, former President of AFGE Local 2282, pled guilty to one count of making a false statement. Subsequently, Myers was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $21,500 and sentenced to three years supervised release. On July 2, 2007, Myers was charged with falsely reporting that Local 2282 disbursed loans in the amount of $21,500, when she knew that statement was materially false and that she had taken the money for her own personal use. The plea and sentence follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas District Office.
April 17th, 2007On April 17, 2007, in the Iowa District Court of Woodbury County, Marcia Dewey, former Secretary- Treasurer of AFGE Local 769, pled guilty to 2nd Degree Theft and was subsequently sentenced to a five year suspended sentence and placed on two years probation. On January 11, 2007, Dewey was charged with stealing union funds in the amount of $1,525. The conviction follows an investigation by the OLMS Kansas City Resident Investigator Office.
April 4th, 2007On April 4, 2007, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, Nathaniel Marc Greene, former President of AFGE Local 2562, pled guilty to one count of making a false statement. Greene admitted that he knowingly and willfully made or used a false writing or document and knew the local’s Form LM-3 contained a materially false statement or entry at the time he made or used the report. Restitution will be determined at sentencing which has not yet been scheduled. The plea agreement follows a joint investigation by the OLMS Dallas District Office and the Veterans Affairs’ Office of Inspector General.
March 6th, 2007On March 6, 2007, in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Allegheny County Court, Christine Smith, former President of AFGE Local 2028, pled guilty to one count of theft by deception and one count of forgery. Smith was sentenced to seven years probation for each count to run consecutively and required to make restitution in the amount of $64,299. Smith was also barred from holding union office for 13 years. Prior to sentencing, Smith made an initial restitution payment of $3,000. Additionally, the court ordered Smith to sell or re-finance any properties she owned to pay the restitution, and set July 31, 2007 as the expected date for Smith to make "a significant and substantial payment" toward restitution or she will be incarcerated. On April 17, 2006, Smith was charged with 53 counts of embezzling union funds in the same amount. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Pittsburgh District Office.
March 2nd, 2007On March 2, 2007, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Mary Love, former President of AFGE Local 96, was sentenced to 18 months incarceration to be followed by three years of probation. Love was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $69,725. On November 15, 2006, Love was convicted on two counts of making a false statement on a Form LM-3 and one count of larceny within a special maritime jurisdiction. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS St. Louis District Office.
February 27th, 2007On February 27, 2007, in Circuit Court, Burnett County, WI, James L. Turner, former Secretary-Treasurer for AFGE Council 33, Bureau of Prisons Locals, was convicted of theft in violation of a Burnett County ordinance. Turner was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $6,600, and a forfeiture of $709. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Minneapolis Resident Investigator Office.
January 12th, 2007On January 12, 2007, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Danna France, former Secretary/Treasurer for AFGE Local 96, was sentenced to five years probation and ordered to make $26,950.90 in restitution to the local. On October 27, 2006, France pled guilty to one count of willfully submitting to the Department of Labor an annual financial report containing false information. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS St. Louis District Office.
December 14th, 2006On December 14, 2006, in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona, Josefina Suarez Gonzales, former President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 1662, was sentenced to five years probation and ordered to make restitution in the amount of $27,405. On June 8, 2005, Gonzales pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the same amount. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Los Angeles District Office.
September 26th, 2006On September 26, 2006, in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Mary Garner, former President of AFGE Local 3653, was sentenced to five years probation, six months of which must be served in home detention, and 360 hours of community service. Garner was also ordered to make restitution to the union in the amount of $11,959.35. On June 26, 2006, Garner pled guilty to embezzling $12,194 from the union. The sentence follows an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office.
May 18th, 2006On May 18, 2006, in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona, Shirley Weber, former Treasurer for AFGE Local 3973, was sentenced to five years probation and ordered to pay approximately $7,000 in remaining restitution to the local. Weber previously made partial restitution of approximately $21,000. On November 30, 2005, Weber pled guilty to one count of larceny within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Los Angeles District Office.
March 6th, 2006On March 6, 2006, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Cindy Wright, former President of AFGE Local 1298, was sentenced to twenty-four months in prison and was ordered to pay approximately $32,000 in restitution. On October 5, 2005, Wright pled guilty to a one-count indictment charging her with making false statements of material fact. The conviction follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas District Office and the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General.
February 8th, 2006On February 8, 2006, in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, Laura Booth, former Secretary-Treasurer for American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 3129, was sentenced to two years probation and assessed $100. On March 15, 2005, Booth pled guilty to an information charging her with embezzling $18,749.41 from the union. The sentence follows an investigation by the OLMS Minneapolis Resident Investigator Office.
January 13th, 2006On January 13, 2006, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, Anthony Ward, former President of AFGE Local 1055, was sentenced to three years supervised probation and ordered to pay restitution of $11,428. On October 11, 2005, Ward pled guilty to one count of uttering a forged security. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS New Orleans District Office.
August 22nd, 2005On August 22, 2005, in the Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Court of Common Pleas, Diane L. Hollins, former president of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 3283 and former AFGE National Representative, pled guilty to one count of theft in violation of Ohio Revised Code 2913.02. Following her plea, Hollins was sentenced to five (5) years probation, with stipulations requiring that she make restitution of $7,303.03 to Local 3283 and that she neither seek nor hold any position in any labor organization, other than as a member. The plea and sentencing follow an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office.
April 11th, 2005On April 11, 2005, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, Doris J. Blue, former president of Local 2207, American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), was sentenced to six months home confinement, 36 months supervised probation, and fined $2,000. Blue had previously pled guilty to forging the signature of a United States District Judge and obstruction of justice on November 18, 2004, following an investigation by the OLMS Nashville District Office and the FBI.
March 23rd, 2005On March 23, 2005, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Denita Cromartie, former secretary-treasurer of Local 2080-VA, American Federation of Government Employees, was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment and 12 months of supervised probation. In addition, she was ordered to make restitution in the amount of $40,277.90. Cromartie was found guilty on two counts of mail fraud and three counts of false statements during a jury trial on December 9, 2004, following an investigation by the OLMS Nashville District Office.
December 20th, 2004On December 20, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, Michael J. Volek, former treasurer and former president of Local 2441, Government Employees (AFGE), was sentenced for bank fraud. He was sentenced to four months in a minimum security facility and four months in home detention, enrollment in a supervised release program for five years, full payment of restitution in the amount of $14,492.36, and a special assessment of $100. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Pittsburgh District Office.
September 9th, 2004On September 9, 2004, in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, Toy Jones, former treasurer of AFGE Local 1012, was sentenced to six months home confinement and three years probation for theft of funds on federal property. In addition, Jones was ordered to pay restitution of $46,408.47. The sentence follows an investigation by the OLMS New York District Office.
September 7th, 2004On September 7, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, Cynthia Walker, former secretary-treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 1027, was sentenced to six months imprisonment, five months to be served in a half-way house followed by five years supervised release. She was also ordered to pay $10, 419 in restitution. Walker was charged on December 16, 2003, following an investigation by the OLMS New Orleans District Office.
August 19th, 2004On August 19, 2004, in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, Verlia Jones, former president of AFGE Local 1012 and former treasurer for AFGE NY/NJ VA Council, was sentenced to three years probation and ordered to pay $100 special assessment for theft of funds. In addition, Jones was ordered to pay restitution of $59,513.49 to Local 1012 and the AFGE NY/NJ/ VA Council ($44,988.84 to Local 1012 and $14,524.75 to the Council). On September 10, 2003, Jones had pled guilty to the charge following an investigation by the OLMS New York District Office.
December 12th, 2003On December 12, 2003, in Sarpy County (Nebraska) District Court, Barbara Jo Henry, also known as Barbara Hillis, former treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 840, was sentenced to three years probation and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $7,821 for felony theft. Henry pled guilty to the charge on September 30, 2003. The guilty plea and sentence follow a joint investigation by the OLMS Kansas City Resident Office, the Bellevue Nebraska Police Department and the Department of Defense's Office of the Inspector General.
August 19th, 2003On August 19, 2003, in Imperial County (California) Jail Court, Edward B. Adams, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2554 (which represents U. S. Border Patrol employees), pled guilty to misdemeanor grand theft for embezzling $4,100 in union funds. On the same day, Adams was sentenced to three years probation, a $100 fine, 120 hours of community service, and restitution in the amount of $4,100. He had previously made partial restitution of $2,600, and submitted the remaining $1,500 at sentencing. The guilty plea and sentence follow an investigation by the OLMS Los Angeles District Office.
August 18th, 2003On August 18, 2003, in the Kern County (California) Superior Court, Mark Marquez, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2730 (which represents U.S. Border Patrol agents) pled guilty to one count of misdemeanor petty theft. Pursuant to the plea agreement, Marquez was sentenced to pay $1,500 in restitution, to serve one year probation and one day incarceration (time served). Marquez pled guilty following a joint investigation by the OLMS Los Angeles District Office and the Department of Labor's Office of the Inspector General.
January 31st, 2003On January 31, 2003, in United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Blanche Williams, former treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 421, was sentenced to five years supervised probation and ordered to pay both full restitution in the amount of $7,193 and a mandatory fine of $100. Williams pled guilty to both fraud and theft on November 15, 2002, following an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office.
December 20th, 2002On December 20, 2002, in Martin County (Indiana) Circuit Court, Joetta A. Axe, secretary-treasurer of AFGE Local 1415, pled guilty to one count of theft of union funds. Axe was sentenced to serve 365 days in county security with 363 days suspended, pay fines and court costs of $137, probation fees of $160, and restitution of $10,232.62. The charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
July 23rd, 2002On July 23, 2002, in Marion County (Indiana) Superior Court, Mack Dykes, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 1411, was sentenced to four years imprisonment and ordered to make restitution of $7,181.14. He had pled guilty to two counts of forgery in the amount of $7,100 on June 25, 2002, following an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
July 3rd, 2002On July 3, 2002, in the Superior Court of the State of Arizona, Maricopa County, Mary Katherine Johnson, former treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2552, was sentenced to incarceration for four months followed by five years probation and was ordered to make full restitution to the union of $28,853.69. She had pled guilty on June 3, 2002, to attempted theft following an investigation by the OLMS Los Angeles District Office.
June 3rd, 2002On June 3, 2002, in the Maricopa County (Arizona) Criminal Court, Katherine Johnson, former secretary-treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2552, pled guilty to one count of attempted theft. Per the plea agreement, and subject to the pre-sentencing investigation and the sentencing judge's approval, she will be placed on probation and pay restitution of $26,516. She had been charged in a criminal complaint on January 29, 2002, which was superceded by a local grand jury indictment on February 27, 2002. The charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS Los Angeles District Office.
April 12th, 2002On April 12, 2002, in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, Ralph Varnardo, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 1674, was sentenced to five years probation and six months of home confinement and was ordered to make total restitution of $15,973.99. He had pled guilty on September 17, 2001, to one count of violating 18 U.S.C. 641, embezzlement of public money, after an investigation by the OLMS Boston District Office.
January 17th, 2002On January 17, 2002, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, James Bryant, former secretary-treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2061, was sentenced to three years probation, ordered to make restitution of $1,980, and fined $500. (He had previously made restitution of $1,500.) He had pled guilty on September 12, 2001, to two counts of theft by unlawful taking within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States following an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia District Office.
October 3rd, 2001On October 3, 2001, in Hamilton County (Ohio) Court, Michaelene Vandine, secretary-treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2031, pled guilty to theft by deception. She was sentenced to 180 days in jail which was suspended, one year probation, and 40 hours of community service. She had previously made restitution to the union in the amount of $1,574.50. She had been indicted on August 7, 2001 following an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
September 14th, 2001On September 14, 2001, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Gary Monsson, former secretary-treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 3000, was sentenced to 12 months incarceration and three years of supervised released. He was ordered to make restitution to the union of $12,176.74 in addition to the amounts he had already repaid. He had earlier pled guilty to embezzling union funds following an investigation by the OLMS Dallas District Office.