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Office of Labor-Management Enforcement

The Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) conducts both civil and criminal investigations of alleged violations of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA) and related laws.

These investigations by OLMS District Offices involve issues such as embezzlements of union funds, union officer elections, the filing of required reports by unions and others with OLMS, and the imposition of trusteeships over subordinate unions by a parent body. These investigations may result in legal enforcement actions.

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August 16th, 2016On August 16, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, Jennifer Cruise, former office manager for International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 520 (located in Austin, Tex.), was charged in a two-count indictment with embezzling union funds in the amount of $12,750, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c), and making a false entry in a union record, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(c). The information follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.
October 19th, 2015On October 19, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (White Plains), Brian W. Scott, former President of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 503 (located in Monroe, N.Y.), was indicted on one count of embezzlement, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c), and one count of false reporting, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(b). The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS New York District Office.
October 13th, 2015On October 13, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Robin Pirrello, former President of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1637 (located in Erie, Pa.), was indicted on one count of embezzling $22,184 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia-Pittsburgh Office.
January 15th, 2014On January 15, 2014, in the United States District Court of the Northern District of Texas, James Jones, former Business Manager and Financial Secretary of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 898 (located in San Angelo, Tex.), was indicted on one count of embezzlement of union funds in the amount of $11,551, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.
July 17th, 2013On July 17, 2013, in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Jason D’Errico, former Secretary-Treasurer of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 827 (located in East Windsor, N.J.), was indicted for two counts of third degree theft by deception, one count in the amount of $58,954 for false lost time claims received from Local 827 and the other count for purchasing a vehicle with funds belonging to the Passaic County Labor Board. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS New York District Office.
August 2nd, 2012On August 2, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, Pete Irwin, former administrative assistant for International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 72 (located in Waco, Tex.), was sentenced to six months of home confinement with electronic monitoring and five years of probation. Irwin was also ordered to pay $19,774.70 in restitution and a $25 special assessment. On June 7, 2012, Irwin was indicted for falsifying a financial report, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(b), and pled guilty. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas District Office.
June 5th, 2012On June 5, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Deborah Small, former bookkeeper for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 712 (located in Beaver, Pa.), was charged in a one-count indictment for embezzling in excess of $10,000 of the monies, funds, property and assets of a labor organization, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Pittsburgh District Office.
November 17th, 2011On November 17, 2011, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, Michael Williams, former President of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 780 (located in Eufaula, Ala.), was sentenced to 16 months imprisonment, three years of probation, and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $2,826 and a $100 special assessment. On March 23, 2011, Williams was indicted on 10 counts of embezzlement totaling $4,906, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c), and four counts of making a false entry in a record required to be kept under the LMRDA, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(c). On June 8, 2011, Williams pled guilty to one count of embezzlement. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Nashville District Office.
August 3rd, 2011On August 3, 2011, in the Circuit Court for the City of Norfolk, Virginia, Leonard Carman, former Financial Secretary of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1142 (located in Norfolk, Va.), was indicted on one count of embezzlement of $200 or more, in violation of Virginia Code, Section 18.2-111. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office.
May 10th, 2011On May 10, 2011, in the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, Florence Division, Robin A. Mills, former President and Business Manager of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1591 (located in Conway, S.C.), was indicted on one count of embezzlement in the amount of $49,287.88, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Atlanta District Office.
March 23rd, 2011On March 23, 2011, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, Michael Williams, former President of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 780 (located in Eufaula, Ala.), was indicted on 10 counts of embezzlement totaling $4,906, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c), and four counts of making a false entry in a record required to be kept under the LMRDA, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(c). The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Nashville District Office.
January 13th, 2010On January 13, 2010, in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, James L. Miles, former Financial Secretary-Treasurer of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1023 (located in Barstow, Calif.), was charged in a 12-count indictment with one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $93,273, nine counts of mail fraud, and two counts of making false statements on the union’s annual financial reports. The indictments follow an investigation by the OLMS Los Angeles District Office.
October 28th, 2009On October 28, 2009, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, Carolyn Williams, former Secretary-Treasurer of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 352 (located in Lansing, Mich.), pled guilty to embezzling union funds in the amount of $9,554.14. On September 17, 2009, Williams was indicted on one count of embezzling union funds in the same amount. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit District Office.
September 17th, 2009On September 17, 2009, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, Carolyn Williams, former Secretary-Treasurer of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 352 (located in Lansing, Mich.), was indicted on one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $9,554.14. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit District Office.
July 15th, 2009On July 15, 2009, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, Paul Hernandez, former Secretary Treasurer and former Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC) Director of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 60 (located in San Antonio, Texas), was charged in a one count indictment with embezzling funds from an employee benefit plan. The indictment follows a joint investigation by the OLMS New Orleans District Office and the Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration.
July 7th, 2009On July 7, 2009, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Thomas Carrola, former Financial Secretary Treasurer of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1919 was indicted on one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $35,057.70 and one count of falsifying union records. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Pittsburgh District Office.
November 15th, 2006On November 15, 2006, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama, Kenneth Howell Mays, former Treasurer for IBEW Local 1053, was indicted on one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $37,197.50 for writing unauthorized checks to himself from union accounts. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Birmingham Resident Investigator Office.
July 11th, 2006On July 11, 2006, in Fulton County, Alabama, District Court, Suzanne Green, former bookkeeper for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 613, was indicted on one count of theft by taking in the amount of $11,203.00. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Atlanta District Office.
April 26th, 2006On April 26, 2006 in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Jerieka Ward, former Treasurer of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers,Local 998, was indicted on one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $46,708.97 and one count of filing a false report with the Department of Labor. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office.
April 6th, 2006On April 6, 2006, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Gary W. Cope, former Business Manager for Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local Lodge 196, was indicted on one count of embezzling union funds totaling approximately $56,672. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.
April 23rd, 2004On April 23, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Darvin Collins, former business manager of IBEW Local 16, pled guilty to two counts of embezzling $26,804 in union funds. On the same day, he was sentenced to ten months imprisonment on each count to be served concurrently and two years supervised release for each count, also to be served concurrently. In addition, Collins was ordered to make restitution in the amount of $26,804 and assessed $200. He had been indicted on May 22, 2002, following an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
September 10th, 2003On September 10, 2003, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Evansville Division, Darvin Collins, former business manager of IBEW Local 16 in Evansville, Indiana, filed a petition to enter a plea of guilty and plea agreement. Under the agreement, Collins agreed to plead guilty to two counts of embezzling $26,804 in union funds; Collins must also make full restitution to the union. The remaining two counts of the indictment charging Collins with falsification of union records will be dismissed. Collins was indicted on May 22, 2002, following a joint investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office and the FBI.
June 26th, 2003On June 26, 2003, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Debra Dougherty, former office secretary for International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers LU 648, pled guilty to bank fraud after being indicted on February 5, 2003, for embezzling $41,829.95 in union funds and bank fraud in the amount of $7,030.40 following an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
February 5th, 2003On February 5, 2003, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, the grand jury returned a two count indictment against Debra Dougherty, former office secretary of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 648. The indictment charges Dougherty with one count of embezzlement of $41,829.95 in union funds and one count of bank fraud in the amount of $7,030.40. The charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
May 22nd, 2002On May 22, 2002 in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Darvin Collins, former business manager of IBEW Local 16, was indicted on one count of embezzling $25,370 from the Local's Target Fund, one count of embezzling $1,434.50 in local dues money, and two counts of falsifying union records. The charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
May 11th, 2001On May 11, 2001, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, Robert Emery, Sr. former financial secretary of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 429, was indicted on three counts of embezzling a total of $16,851 in union funds and two counts of failure to file Form LM-30, Labor Organization Officer and Employee Report, relating to transactions the union conducted with a T-shirt business owned by his wife. His wife was charged in one count of the indictment with aiding and abetting him in embezzling $5,340 for her personal benefit. Terri Myatt, Local 429 office manager, was also charged in one count of the indictment with aiding and abetting Mr. Emery in embezzling $5,818 for her personal benefit. The charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS Nashville District Office.