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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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July 26th, 2016On July 26, 2016, in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Court of Common Pleas, County of Clarion, Mark Bell, former Secretary-Treasurer of International Association of Machinists Lodge 2439 (located in Knox, Pa.), was charged in a criminal information with one count of theft by unlawful taking or disposition, in violation of 18 Pa. Criminal Code 3921(b), and one count of forgery, in violation of 18 Pa. Criminal Code 4101. The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia-Pittsburgh District Office.
April 14th, 2016On April 14, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Raul Mascote, former Secretary-Treasurer of International Association of Machinists Local Lodge 2458 (located in Minooka, Ill.), pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $63,263, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). Not included in the charge, but for the purposes of computing his sentence under Guideline Section 1B1.2, Mascote stipulated to having stolen, and knowingly converted to his own, property of the United States valued at $510,973, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 641. The guilty plea follows investigations conducted by the OLMS Chicago District Office and the Department of EnergyÕs Office of Inspector General.
July 9th, 2015On July 9, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Raul Mascote, former Secretary-Treasurer of International Association of Machinists Lodge 2458 (located in Minooka, Ill.), was charged in a one-count information with embezzling $62,263 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.
March 14th, 2014On March 14, 2014, in the Stearns County Court of Minnesota, James Kiser, former Directing Business Representative of International Association of Machinists (IAM) District Lodge 65 (located in St. Cloud, Minn.), pled guilty to one count of theft by swindle of over $1,000, in violation of Minnesota Statute 609.52. On December 18, 2012, Kiser was charged with four felony counts of theft by swindle totaling a theft of $5,919. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Minneapolis Resident Investigator Office.
December 18th, 2012On December 18, 2012, in Stearns County Court of Minnesota, James Kiser, former Directing Business Representative of Machinists District Lodge 165 (located in St. Cloud, Minn.), was charged with four felony counts of theft by swindle, in violation of Minnesota State Statute 609.52. The complaint alleges that Kiser stole $5,919 from Local 65 between January 2010 and February 2012. The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Minneapolis Resident Investigator Office.
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.
September 24th, 2012On September 24, 2012, in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, an information was filed charging Robert Hill, former Secretary-Treasurer of Machinists Local Lodge 1271 (located in Billerica, Mass.), with 27 counts of embezzlement of labor union funds totaling $8,650, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The information follows an investigation by the OLMS Boston District Office.
August 1st, 2012On August 1, 2012, in the Superior Court of Washington, County of Cowlitz, Sean Heuer, former office assistant for the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) Local Lodge 536 (located in Longview, Wash.), was charged with a single count of theft in the second degree, in violation of WA 9A.56.040(1)(a), and three counts of forgery, in violation of WA 9A.60.020(1). The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Seattle District Office.
June 14th, 2012On June 14, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Rachel Lanham, former secretary for the Machinists District Lodge 34 (located in Columbus, Ohio), pled guilty to one count of embezzlement. On June 5, 2012, an information was filed charging Lanham with embezzling $104,876. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office.
June 5th, 2012On June 5, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, an information was filed charging Rachel Lanham, former secretary for the Machinists District Lodge 34 (located in Columbus, Ohio), with one count of embezzlement in the amount of $104,876. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District 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.
April 25th, 2012On April 25, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Jeff Agee, former business representative of Machinists Lodge 10 (located in Richmond, Va.), was charged in an information with one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $4,181.62, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Washington 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.
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.
February 1st, 2010On February 1, 2010, in the United States District Court for the District of Nevada, Hugo Vargas, former secretary treasurer of International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (Machinists) Lodge 845 (located in Las Vegas, Nev.) was charged Vargas with embezzling union funds in the amount of $106,293.59. The charge follows an investigation by OLMS San Francisco District Office.
December 7th, 2009On December 7, 2009, in the Circuit Court of Marion County, Kentucky, Mark Owens, former Financial Secretary of Machinists Local Lodge 366W (located in Lebanon, Ky.), was charged with theft by unlawful taking in the amount of $200.00. Owens then pled guilty to the charge and was sentenced to sixty days probated for twenty-four months on the condition that he make restitution of $200.00 and pay $153.00 in fines and court costs by February 3, 2010. The charge, plea and sentencing follow an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District 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.
November 17th, 2008On November 17, 2008, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Jeffrey Baker, former co-chairman of the Picket Committee for Machinists Local Lodge 1943 (located in Middletown, Ohio), was charged with one count of making a false entry in a union record when he misappropriated approximately 107 strike pay checks and forged members’ signatures on check registers for 101 checks. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
October 22nd, 2008On October 22, 2008, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Rebecca Montgomery, former bookkeeper/office secretary of Machinists Eastern Regional Office (located in Cincinnati, Ohio), pled guilty to embezzling union funds in the amount of $509. Montgomery previously made full restitution in the amount of $14,340. On August 20, 2008, Montgomery was charged with embezzling union funds in the amount of $509. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
February 7th, 2008On April 14, 2008, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Brian Dolney, former President of Machinists Lodge 2333 (located in Dayton, Ohio), pled guilty to bank fraud in the amount of $11,565. On February 7, 2008 an information was filed charging Dolney with one count of bank fraud in the same amount. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
February 7th, 2008On February 7, 2008, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, an information was filed charging Brian Dolney, former President of Machinists Lodge 2333, with one count of bank fraud totaling $11,565. Donley fraudulently negotiated union checks at the Security National Bank in Springfield, Ohio. The charge follows an investigation by the Cincinnati District Office.
January 29th, 2008On January 29, 2008, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, an information was filed against Kristen Swint, former Vice President and Secretary-Treasurer of Machinists Local 2339-C, charging her with one count of falsifying union records. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office.
December 13th, 2007On December 13, 2007 in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Kathleen Drake, former Financial Secretary of Machinists Lodge 2339-C, was charged with, making false entries in union records. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office.
September 26th, 2007On September 26, 2007, in the District Court for Douglas County, Wisconsin, John F. Sigafus, former Secretary Treasurer of Machinists Local Lodge 335-W, was charged with Business Theft over $5,000 and Forgery. The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Milwaukee District Office.
August 22nd, 2007On August 22, 2007, Carson Combs, former secretary treasurer of Machinists Local Lodge 1771 in Sparta, WI was charged by the Monroe County, WI District Attorney’s Office with theft from Local Lodge 1771 in the amount of $401. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Milwaukee District Office.
September 7th, 2006On September 7, 2006, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, an information was filed against Ann E. Smith, former Secretary-Treasurer of Machinists Local 2140, charging her with one count of filing a false report in order to conceal her embezzlement of union funds. The information follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit District Office.
April 5th, 2006On April 5, 2006, in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, Lorenzo Kornegay, former President of Machinists Local Lodge 2, was sentenced to one year of probation and was ordered to pay $27,711.81 in restitution to the Local. On December 22, 2005, Kornegay pled guilty to a one-count information charging him with knowingly and willfully taking a loan from the union in excess of $2,000. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS New York District Office.
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.
June 20th, 2005On June 20, 2005, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, Martha Bautista, former secretary-treasurer of Local Lodge 1528, Machinists, pled guilty to a one-count information charging her with embezzling union funds of more than $5,000 but less than $10,000. On June 1, 2005, an information was filed against Bautista for embezzlement. On May 6, 2005, Bautista made an initial payment of $50,000 toward the $165,259.27 in restitution due to the union. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS San Francisco District Office.
April 13th, 2005On April 13, 2005, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Michael T. Moore, former secretary-treasurer of Local 1269, Machinists, pled guilty to a one-count information charging him with embezzling $47,939.53 in union funds. During an eight-month period from February to October 2002, Moore wrote 52 unauthorized checks to himself for his personal benefit. He forged the co-signature of the Local president on 50 of these checks. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.
November 23rd, 2004On November 23, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, Jennifer Givens, former bookkeeper and office secretary of Local Lodge 735, Machinists, was sentenced to thirty-three months imprisonment followed by three years of supervised probation for false statements and representations and false use of a social security number. Givens was also ordered to make restitution in the amount of $28,508.92. Givens had previously entered a guilty plea to the charges on May 31, 2004, following a joint investigation by the OLMS Nashville District Office and the Secret Service.
June 2nd, 2004On June 2, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi, James Mitchell, former president of Machinists Lodge 2008, pled guilty to an information filed the same day charging him with one count of embezzling $2,900 in union funds. The charge and guilty plea follow an investigation by the OLMS New Orleans District Office.
March 3rd, 2004On March 3, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Kevan D. Sprow, former secretary-treasurer of Machinists District Lodge 57, pled guilty to an information charging him with embezzling $49, 847 in union funds. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office.
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 6th, 2004On February 6, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Kevan D. Sprow, former secretary-treasurer of Machinists District Lodge 57, was charged with embezzling $49,847 in union funds. The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office.
December 16th, 2003On December 16, 2003, in the District Court for Chenango County (New York), Patricia Fletcher, former treasurer of Machinists Local Lodge 1278, was sentenced to three years probation and ordered to make restitution of $3,300 for third degree grand larceny. Fletcher pled guilty to the charge on October 14, 2003. The guilty plea and sentence follow an investigation by the OLMS Buffalo 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 17th, 2003On October 17, 2003, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Maria Eaton, former secretary-treasurer of Machinists Lodge 2714, pled guilty to an information charging her with embezzling $10,000 in union funds. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District 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.
September 25th, 2003On September 25, 2003, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Russell Guy Taylor, former treasurer of Machinists Lodge 90, pled guilty to an information charging him with embezzling $36,142 in union funds. The information was filed on August 22, 2003. The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office.
August 20th, 2003On August 20, 2003, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Maria Eaton, former secretary-treasurer of Machinists Lodge 2714, was charged with embezzling $10,000 in union funds. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office.
February 13th, 2003On February 13, 2003, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, John O'Connell, former Secretary-Treasurer of Machinists Local 524 of Island Lake, pled guilty to embezzling $36,702 in union funds. O'Connell was charged on February 3, 2003, following an investigation by the OLMS Chicago 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 8th, 2002On August 8, 2002, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York, Thomas A. Lannon, former secretary-treasurer of Machinists Lodge 1562, pled guilty to embezzling $13,175 in union funds. He admitted writing unauthorized checks to himself and not depositing cash receipts. The charges had been brought following an investigation by the OLMS Buffalo 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.
April 5th, 2002On April 5, 2002, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Carey McClure, former secretary-treasurer of Machinists Lodge 2731, pled guilty to a one-count information charging him with failure to maintain records. He was sentenced to three months home confinement with a monitor and 36 months probation, and he was ordered to make restitution of $16,621.22. Charges had been brought following an investigation by the OLMS Atlanta District Office.
February 5th, 2002On February 5, 2002, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Joseph Argo, former president of Machinists Lodge 615, pled guilty to one count of making false entries in union records. He was sentenced to six months probation, fined $500, and ordered to make restitution of $2,643.80. He had been charged in a one-count information on January 15, 2002, following an investigation by the OLMS Atlanta 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.
January 15th, 2002On January 15, 2002, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Joseph Argo, former president of Machinists Lodge 615, was charged in a one-count information with false recordkeeping. The charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS Atlanta District Office.