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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 12th, 2012On December 12, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, Bonnie Nixon, former Secretary Treasurer of International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) Lodge W443 (located in Laurel, Miss.), was charged in a one-count indictment with embezzling union funds in the amount of $15,981.66, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS New Orleans Office.
May 16th, 2012On May 16, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, Mark Morgan, former Secretary-Treasurer of Machinists Lodge 2584 (formerly located in Fremont, Ind.), was charged in a two-count indictment for embezzling union funds. The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Detroit District Office.
March 14th, 2012On March 14, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan (Northern Division), Renita Dompier, former Secretary-Treasurer of Machinists Local Lodge 283 (located in Baraga, Mich.), was indicted on one count of embezzlement of union funds in the amount of $8,725.99, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c); one count of falsification of union financial reports, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(b); and one count of falsification of union financial records, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(c). The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit District Office.
November 1st, 2011On November 1, 2011, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, David Daugette, former Secretary-Treasurer of Machinists Local Lodge 2766 (located in Madison, Ala.), was indicted on one count of embezzlement in the amount of $6,740.03, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Nashville District Office.
September 2nd, 2011On September 2, 2011, in the United States District Court, for the Eastern District of California, Fresno Division, Tracy Ford, former Secretary-Treasurer of International Association of Machinists (IAM) Lodge 1528 (located in Modesto, Calif.), pled guilty to embezzling $174,900, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c), and making a false statement in a financial report required to be filed, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(b). Ford was indicted on February 10, 2011 and is scheduled to be sentenced on January 20, 2012. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS San Francisco District Office.
June 7th, 2011On June 7, 2011, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, Stephen Koski, former Secretary-Treasurer of Machinists Lodge 1027 (located in Clarksburg, W.Va.), was charged in a one-count indictment for embezzling approximately $1,500 in union funds. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Pittsburgh District Office.
February 10th, 2011On February 10, 2011, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, Tracy Ford, former Secretary-Treasurer of Machinists Lodge 1528 (located in Modesto, Calif.), was indicted on one count of embezzlement of union funds in the amount of $174,891, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c) and one count of filing a false financial report, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(b). The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS San Francisco District Office.
August 2nd, 2010On August 2, 2010, in the United States District Court for the District of Nevada, Hugo Vargas, former Secretary Treasurer of the Machinists Lodge 845 (located in Las Vegas, Nev.), pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $106,293.59. On December 1, 2009, Vargas was charged in an indictment with the same offense. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS San Francisco District Office.
August 25th, 2009On August 25, 2009, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, Linda Tickle, former employee of Machinist Local 56 and Machinists Local 1458 (located in Chattanooga, Tenn.), was indicted on two counts of embezzling union funds in the amount of $30,173.27. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Nashville District Office.
March 4th, 2009On March 4, 2009, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida, Glen Gard, former Secretary-Treasurer of Machinists Local 2460 (located in Pensacola, Fla.), was arrested on an outstanding warrant issued on November 18, 2008, after being indicted on one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of approximately $90,500. The arrest follows an investigation by the OLMS Miami Resident Investigator Office.
November 18th, 2008On November 18, 2008, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida, Glen Gard, former Secretary-Treasurer of Machinists Local 2460 (located in Pensacola, Fla.) was indicted on one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of approximately $90,500. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Miami Resident Investigator Office.
July 28th, 2008On July 28, 2008, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, Krista Yeatts, former office manager of Machinists Lodge 2444 (located in Winston-Salem, N.C.), was indicted on one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $47,746.01. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Nashville District Office.
July 15th, 2005On July 15, 2005, in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, William Harry Good, Jr., former financial secretary-treasurer of Local Lodge 821, Machinists, was indicted for embezzling $11,800 in union funds. According to the 8-count indictment, Good made union checks payable to himself, without authorization or approval by the union's executive board, and deposited them into his personal bank account. The indictment superceded a criminal complaint and an arrest warrant on June 30, 2005. The indictment follows a joint investigation by the OLMS Los Angeles District Office and the Department of Labor's Office of the Inspector General.
June 30th, 2005On June 30, 2005, in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, an indictment was filed against William Harry Good, Jr., former financial secretary-treasurer of Local Lodge 821, Machinists, charging him with embezzling $1,500 in union funds. The charge of $1,500 is one of 229 checks totaling over $192,000 Good is alleged to have misappropriated from the union. The indictment follows a joint investigation by the OLMS Los Angeles District Office and the Department of Labor's Office of the Inspector General.
February 18th, 2004On February 18, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, William C. Miller, former secretary-treasurer of Machinists Local Lodge 498, pled not guilty to an indictment charging him with one count of embezzlement and one count of making a false entry. Miller was indicted on February 5, 2004, following an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.
February 5th, 2004On February 5, 2004, in the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, William C. Miller, former financial secretary-treasurer of Machinists Local Lodge 498, was indicted on one count of embezzling $62,015 in union funds and one count of making a false entry in union records. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.
December 16th, 2003On December 16, 2003, in the United States District Court for District of North Dakota, William Lane, former president of Machinists Lodge 2525, plead guilty to one count of embezzlement of $13,500 in union funds, one count of bank fraud, and one count of destruction of records. Lane was indicted on these three counts February 11, 2003. The charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS Minneapolis Resident Investigator Office.
October 14th, 2003On October 14, 2003, in the District Court for Chenango County (New York), an indictment was filed against Patricia Fletcher, former treasurer of Machinists, Local Lodge 1278 charging her with third degree grand larceny. The charge alleged that Fletcher made unauthorized withdrawals from the union's bank accounts in the amount of $3,300 between November 2001 and July 2002. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Buffalo District Office.
November 19th, 2002On November 19, 2002, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, Steven Pautz, former president of Machinists Lodge 251, pled guilty to one count of embezzling $450 in union funds. Pautz had been indicted August 6, 2002 on two counts of embezzling $1,450 in union funds and two counts of making false entries in union records. The indictment also noted that he had embezzled a total of $12,257.75 in Lodge 251 funds. The charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS Milwaukee District Office.
August 6th, 2002On August 6, 2002, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, Steven Pautz, former president of Machinists Lodge 251, was indicted on two counts of embezzling $1,450 in union funds and two counts of making false entries in union records. The indictment also noted that he had embezzled a total of $12,257.75 in Lodge 251 funds. The charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS Milwaukee District Office.
July 12th, 2002On July 12, 2002, in the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico, David Rux, a former business representative for Machinists Local Lodge W2 in Aberdeen, Washington, pled guilty to 7 counts of embezzling a total of $21,557 in union funds and 15 counts of falsifying union records. He had been charged in a sealed indictment on March 27, 2002, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington following an investigation by the OLMS Seattle District Office.
January 22nd, 2002On January 22, 2002, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Carey McClure, former secretary-treasurer of Machinists Lodge 2731, was indicted on one count of embezzling $16,917.13 in union funds and one count of failure to maintain records. The charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS Atlanta District Office.