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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 4th, 2016On October 4, 2016, in the Ashtabula County, Ohio, Court of Common Pleas, Adele Dewey, former Treasurer of Steelworkers Local 811 (located in Andover, Ohio), was indicted on one count of theft in the amount of $4,224 and one count of forgery, in violation of Ohio Revised Code 2913.02 and 2913.31, respectively. The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati-Cleveland District Office.
August 6th, 2013On August 6, 2013, in the United States District Court for Eastern District of Kentucky, Mark Gilbert, former Financial Secretary of United Steelworkers Local 805 (located in Florence, Ky.), pled guilty to one count of embezzling approximately $8,467 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). Gilbert was indicted on the same charge on June 13, 2013. The sentencing is scheduled for December 19, 2013. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
June 13th, 2013On June 13, 2013, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, Mark Gilbert, former Financial Secretary of United Steelworkers Local 805 (located in Florence, Ky.), was indicted for embezzlement of $8,467.10 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
March 28th, 2013On March 28, 2013, in the Superior Court of Dougherty County, Georgia, William Price, former Secretary-Treasurer of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 1762 (located in Albany, Ga.), was charged with one count of theft by taking by a fiduciary of a value in excess of $25,000, in violation of Georgia Code Title 16, 16-8-2. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Atlanta District Office.
March 20th, 2013On March 20, 2013, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Charles E. Rocha, former political director of the United Steelworkers (located in Pittsburgh, Pa.) pled guilty to one count of 29 U.S.C. 501(c) in the amount of $418.68 for a trip to Detroit for a Stanley Cup hockey game which included expenses for mileage, per diem, and two hotel rooms. Rocha acknowledged responsibility for the other 17 counts of 29 U.S.C. 501(c) in the 18 count indictment. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Pittsburgh District Office.
January 24th, 2013On January 24, 2013, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Curtis Reed, former staff representative of the Steelworkers International Union (located in Pittsburgh, Pa.), was sentenced to eight months of incarceration to run concurrent with a sentence he is currently serving in the state of Minnesota. On September 18, 2012, Reed pled guilty to a one count indictment for embezzling $3,694.32 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). He previously paid full restitution of $3,694.32. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Pittsburgh District Office.
December 18th, 2012On December 18, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, Gregory E. Brown, former Treasurer of Steelworkers Local 777 (located in Memphis, Tenn.), was indicted on one count of embezzlement totaling $6,587.57, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Nashville District Office.
December 5th, 2012On December 5, 2012, in the Hamilton County Criminal Court for the State of Tennessee, Clarence Howard, former Secretary-Treasurer of Steelworkers Local 789 (located in Chattanooga, Tenn.), was indicted on one count of theft of property valued at over $1,000, in violation of Tennessee Code Annotated 39-14-103. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Nashville District Office.
September 18th, 2012On September 18, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Curtis Reed, former staff representative for the Steelworkers International Union (located in Pittsburgh, Pa.), pled guilty to a one-count indictment for embezzling $3,694.32 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Pittsburgh District Office.
September 11th, 2012On September 11, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Charles E. Rocha, former Political Director of the United Steelworkers International Union (located in Pittsburgh, Pa.), was indicted on 18 counts of embezzlement of union funds in the amount of $6,971.19, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Pittsburgh District Office.
June 1st, 2012On June 1, 2012, in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, Cleveland, Ohio, Tony Cummings, former Financial Secretary of Steelworkers Local 735 (located in Cleveland, Ohio), was indicted on one count of theft in the amount of $6,451 and 10 counts of forgery. The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office.
April 9th, 2012On April 9, 2012, in the Crawford County, Ohio, Court of Common Pleas, Richard Clemons, former Financial Secretary-Treasurer for Steelworkers Local 332 (located in Upper Sandusky, Ohio), was indicted on one count of theft in an amount exceeding $5,000 but less than $100,000. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office.
February 7th, 2012On February 7, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Curtis Reed, a former staff representative of the Steelworkers, AFL-CIO (located in Pittsburgh, Pa.), was charged in a one-count indictment for embezzling $3,694.32 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Pittsburgh District Office.
February 7th, 2012On February 7, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Robert Misuraca, a former staff representative of the Steelworkers, AFL-CIO (located in Pittsburgh, Pa.), was charged in a one-count indictment for embezzling $17,566.21 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Pittsburgh District Office.
January 18th, 2012On January 18, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, Linda Favela, former Treasurer of United Steelworkers Local 6703 (located in Riverside, Calif.), was charged with five counts of embezzlement totaling $12,510, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Los Angeles District Office.
October 17th, 2011On October 17, 2011, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, Freda Hensley, former President of Steelworkers Local 8-14505 (located in West Logan, W.Va.), pled guilty to a one count indictment of 29 U.S.C. 501(c) for embezzling $38,539.68 in union funds. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Pittsburgh District Office.
June 8th, 2011On June 8, 2011, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Cleo Wilson, the former Financial Secretary of Steelworkers Local 1856 (located in Dallas, Tex.), was charged in a one-count indictment for embezzling $30,206.19 in union funds and falsifying union records. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas District Office.
May 3rd, 2011On May 3, 2011, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, Darrell Whitehouse, Former Treasurer of Steelworkers Local 4430 (located in Tulsa, Okla.), was indicted on one count of embezzlement of union funds totaling $6,350, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas District Office.
April 28th, 2011On April 28, 2011, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, Eastern Division, Dennis McGee, former President of United Steelworkers Association (USWA) Local 9506 (located in Bynum, Ala.), was charged with 15 counts of embezzlement in the amount of $8,200, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c) and forfeiture in the same amount. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Nashville District Office.
April 28th, 2011On April 28, 2011, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, Eastern Division, Harry Small, former Treasurer of United Steelworkers Association (USWA) Local 9506 (located in Bynum, Ala.), was charged with 12 counts of embezzlement in the amount of $25,820, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c) and forfeiture in the same amount. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Nashville District Office.
April 13th, 2011On April 13, 2011, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, South Bend, former President Loren Hanson and former Financial Secretary Jesse Daniels of Steelworkers Local 07-1011S (located in East Chicago, Ind.), were each charged in a superseding indictment with one count of embezzlement, in the amounts of $21,500 and $19,500 respectively, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c); one count of aiding and abetting in the embezzlement, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 2; and one count of conspiracy in the embezzlement, in violation of 18 U.S.C 371. Daniels was previously indicted on a single count of embezzlement of $19,500 on January 12, 2011. The superseding indictment follows a joint investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office and the Department of Labor’s Office of the Inspector General.
April 13th, 2011On April 13, 2011, in the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico, Thomas M. Chavez, former Secretary-Treasurer of Steelworkers Local 12-659 (located in Questa, N.M.), was indicted on 13 counts of embezzlement in the amount of $16,965.54, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The charges follow an investigation by OLMS Denver District Office.
March 2nd, 2011On March 2, 2011, in the United States District Court of the Eastern District of Arkansas, Peggy Bolen, former Treasurer of Steelworkers Local 898 (located in Redfield, Ark.), was indicted on one count of embezzlement of union funds in the amount of $61,541, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas District Office.
January 12th, 2011On January 12, 2011, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, Jesse Daniels, former Financial Secretary of Steelworkers Local 7-1011S (located in East Chicago, Ind.), was indicted on one count of embezzlement of union funds totaling $19,500. The indictment follows a joint investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office and the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General.
November 9th, 2010On November 9, 2010, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, Elizabeth George, the former Recording Secretary and Disaster Relief Benefits Committee Member of Steelworkers Local 9336 (located in Radford, VA), pled guilty to counts 1 and 19 of a February 19, 2002 indictment. Specifically, she pled guilty to Conspiracy to Embezzle Union Funds and to Making False Entries in Union Records, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 371and 29 U.S.C. 439(c). George agreed to make restitution of $4,275.56. George was denied bond due to the eight years shespent evading capture. She will remain in prisonuntil her sentencing on January 28, 2011. The plea follows a joint investigation by the OLMS Pittsburgh District Office and the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General.
November 2nd, 2010On November 2, 2010, in Circuit Court for the City of Chesapeake, Virginia, Larry Brooks, former President of Steelworkers Local 8-543 (located in Hampton, Va.), was indicted on one count of embezzlement having a value of $200 or more in violation of Section 18.2-111 of the Code of Virginia. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office.
October 22nd, 2010On October 22, 2010, in the United States District Court of Massachusetts, an indictment of Stennett Bernard, Roody Lespinasse, Andy Alerte, and Manuel Nogueira (former President, Treasurer, Financial Secretary, and Recording Secretary, respectively) of Steelworkers Local 04-421 was unsealed. The indictment charged Bernard, Lespinasse, Alerte, and Nogueira with violations of Title 18, U.S.C. Code, Section 371 – Conspiracy, Title 29 U.S.C. 501(c) - Embezzlement and Theft of Labor Union Assets, and 18 U.S.C. Section 2 - Aiding and Abetting. The former officers were charged with embezzling the following approximate amounts through unauthorized checks: Bernard ($4,320.94), Lespinasse ($712.30), Alerte ($551.72), and Nogueira ($1,384.34). The indictment also includes a criminal forfeiture allegation, Title 18 U.S.C. Section 981(a)(1)(c) and Title 28 U.S.C. Section 2461(c). The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Boston District Office.
June 3rd, 2010On June 3, 2010, in the Ashtabula County, Ohio, Court of Common Pleas, Stephanie Marhefka, former Financial Secretary of Steelworkers Local 905 (located in Niles, Ohio), was indicted on one count of theft in the amount of $1,500.13 and one count of tampering with evidence. The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office.
January 28th, 2010On January 28, 2010, in the Superior Court of Cobb County, Georgia, Johnny L. Banes, former-Financial-Secretary of the United Steelworkers of America, Local 2401 (located in Mableton, Ga.), was indicted on one count theft of union funds in the amount of $38,329.00. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Atlanta District Office.
August 4th, 2009On August 4, 2009, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Gary Barner, former Treasurer of Steelworkers Local 518 (located in Rome, Ga.), was indicted on one count of embezzling union funds in excess of $10,000 between August 4, 2004 and September 13, 2006. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Atlanta District Office.
May 27th, 2009On May 27, 2009, in the United States District Court for the District of Kansas, Daryl D. Becker, former Financial Secretary of Steelworkers Local 558 (located in McPherson, Kan.), was indicted on one count of embezzling union funds. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Kansas City Resident Investigator Office.
May 15th, 2009On May 15, 2009, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York, Norman Joseph Stefanik, former Treasurer of Steelworkers Local 1450 (located in Watertown, N.Y.), pled guilty to embezzling union funds. On February 25, 2009, Stefanik was indicted on one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $25,808.29 between February 2004 and November 2007. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Buffalo District Office.
February 25th, 2009On February 25, 2009, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York, Norman J. Stefanik, former Treasurer of Steelworkers Local 1450 (located in Watertown, N.Y.), was indicted on one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $25,808.29 between February 2004 and November 2007. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Buffalo District Office.
November 25th, 2008On November 25, 2008, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, Mary Schaeuble, Chair of the Insurance Committee of Steelworkers Local 20 (located in Kaukauna, Wis.), pled guilty to two counts of embezzling union funds in the amount of $730.94. On May 20, 2008, Schaeuble had been indicted on 13 counts of embezzling union funds in the amount of $3,379.30. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Milwaukee District Office.
November 19th, 2008On November 19, 2008, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Tarris D. Dallas, former Financial Secretary-Treasurer of United Steelworker’s Local 9-415 (located in Fernandina Beach, Fla.) was indicted on one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of approximately $105,000. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Atlanta District Office.
October 22nd, 2008On October 22, 2008, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, Eugene Huss, Area Vice President of Steelworkers Local 20 (located in Kaukauna, Wis.), pled guilty to two counts of falsification of union records and agreed to make restitution in the amount of $2,000. On May 20, 2008, Huss was indicted on thirteen counts of embezzling union funds in the amount of $1,617.75. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Milwaukee District Office.
August 26th, 2008On August 26, 2008, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Donna J. Simpson, former secretary of Steelworkers District 10 (located in North Versailles, Pa.), was indicted on one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $87,823.18. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Pittsburgh District Office.
August 22nd, 2008On August 22, 2008, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, Randy Sanders, former Executive Vice President of Steelworkers Local 20 (located in Kaukauna, Wis.), pled guilty to two counts of embezzling union funds in the amount of $762.48 and agreed to make restitution in the amount of $7,300. On May 20, 2008, Sanders was indicted on thirteen counts of embezzling union funds in the amount of $3,298.66. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Milwaukee District Office.
August 19th, 2008On August 19, 2008, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Kenneth Saltz, Jr., former President of Steelworkers Local 1124 (located in Massillon, Ohio) was indicted for embezzling $15,809 in union funds and making false entries in union records. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office.
August 13th, 2008On August 13, 2008, in the County Court of Fremont County, Colorado, Jamie Solis, former President of Steelworkers Local 594 (located in Canon City, Col.), pled guilty to theft of union funds. On December 20, 2007, Solis was indicted for theft of union funds with a value of $500 or more but less than $15,000. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Denver District Office.
May 7th, 2008On May 7, 2008, in the County Court for Lorain, Ohio, Gary Smink, former President of Steelworkers Local 1-962 (located in Elyria, Ohio), pled guilty to one count of theft totaling $770. On April 9, 2008, Smink was indicted on one count of theft in the same amount. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office
April 9th, 2008On April 9, 2008, in the County Court for Lorain, Ohio, Gary Smink, former President of Steelworkers Local 1-962 (located in Elyria, Ohio), was indicted on one count of theft totaling $770. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office.
January 16th, 2008On January 16, 2008, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, Clarence Morgan, President of Steelworkers Local 2948, was indicted on one count of embezzling union funds in the approximate amount of $20,499. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Atlanta District Office.
January 15th, 2008On January 15, 2008, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, Kim M. Van Handel, former President and acting Treasurer of Steelworkers Local 1980, was indicted on one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $11,500. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Milwaukee District Office.
October 29th, 2007On October 29, 2007, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, Ron Schweitzer, former President of Steelworkers Local 05-1967, pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $58,305. On April 4, 2007, Schweitzer was indicted on one count of embezzling union funds in the same amount. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office. PDF
June 6th, 2007On June 6, 2007, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas, Martin Hayes, former Secretary-Treasurer of Steelworkers Local 1671, was indicted on one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $9,033.25. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas District Office.
June 14th, 2005On June 14, 2005, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, Darlene Peggy Shortt, the former president of Local 14459, Steelworkers, was indicted on one count of embezzling union funds. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office.
April 15th, 2005On April 15, 2005, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Sonya R. Green, former financial secretary of Local 3657, Steelworkers, pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds. On September 28, 2004, Green was indicted on 35 counts of embezzling $39,879.95 in union funds. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Pittsburgh District Office.
October 27th, 2004On October 27, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama, an indictment was filed against Otis Johnson, Jr., former financial secretary-treasurer of Steelworkers Local 9361, charging him with one count of embezzling $9,600 in union funds. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Nashville District Office.
September 28th, 2004On September 28, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Sonya Green, former financial secretary of Steelworkers Local 3657, was charged in a 35-count indictment with embezzling $39,879.95 in union funds. The charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS Pittsburgh District Office.
July 7th, 2004On July 7, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, Timothy Aldridge, former president of Florence Steelworkers Local 1, an independent union, was sentenced to 33 months in prison followed by three years supervised release. He was ordered to spend 500 hours in a residential substance abuse treatment program and to pay $112,525.27 in restitution and $100 in court costs. Aldridge had been indicted on April 9, 2003, following an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
May 4th, 2004On May 4, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, an indictment was filed against Rita Cloud, former financial secretary of Steelworkers Local 09-13314, charging her with one count of embezzling $16,988 in union funds and one count of concealment/destruction of union records. The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS New Orleans District Office.
April 9th, 2004On April 9, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, Timothy Aldridge, former president of Florence Steelworkers Local 1, pled guilty to one count of embezzling $112,525 in union funds. Aldridge had been indicted on April 9, 2003, following an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
April 1st, 2004On April 1, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, Richard Krystofiak, former secretary-treasurer of Steelworkers Local 9-1071-L, was charged in a two-count indictment with embezzlement and making false entries in union records. The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Nashville District Office.
June 18th, 2003On June 18, 2003, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Murdytha Stubbs, former Vice President of Steelworkers Local 1-3586-S, was indicted on charges of embezzling over $4,309, falsifying and causing others to falsify union records, and conspiracy to embezzle and falsify union records. The charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office.
April 9th, 2003On April 9, 2003, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, Timothy Aldridge, former president of Florence Steelworkers Local 1, an independent union, was indicted on four counts. Aldridge is charged with one count of embezzling $112,525.27 in union funds and three counts of withholding or concealing union records. The charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
January 14th, 2003On January 14, 2003, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, Julia Mynes, former employee of United Steelworkers Local 14614, was indicted on one count of embezzling $4,001 in union funds following an investigation by the OLMS Pittsburgh District Office.
January 10th, 2003On January 10, 2003, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Albert P. Dishong, former president of Steelworkers Local 2635, pled guilty to a one-count indictment charging him with embezzlement of union funds. Dishong submitted false and fictitious lost time vouchers to Local 2635, converting approximately $30,000 to his personal use. The charge was brought following an investigation by the OLMS Pittsburgh District Office.
December 11th, 2002On December 11, 2002, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, Robert E. Martin, Jr., a former member of Steelworkers Local 9336, pled guilty to one count of harboring a fugitive, Elizabeth J. George, who was previously indicted for embezzlement. As part of the plea agreement, Martin agreed to pay Local 9336 $900.71 in restitution. Martin was released on bond after being incarcerated since September 9, 2002 on the harboring charge. The charges were brought following a joint investigation by the OLMS Pittsburgh District Office and the Department of Labor's Office of the Inspector General.
October 9th, 2002On October 9, 2002, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, Robert Edward Martin, co-conspirator of Elizabeth Jane George (former recording secretary and Disaster Relief Benefit Fund Committee Chairperson of United Steelworkers Local 8-9336), was indicted for conspiring to embezzle union funds and the falsification, concealment and destruction of the union's records. In addition, Martin was charged with both conspiracy to commit a crime against the United States and harboring and concealing from arrest a fugitive from justice. These charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS Pittsburgh District Office.
May 31st, 2002On May 31, 2002, in the United States District Court for the District of Nevada, David S. Manes, former business representative of Steelworkers Local 711-A, was sentenced to three years probation, including six months of home confinement with electronic monitoring, and was ordered to make restitution of $15,657.77. On February 20, 2002, he had pled guilty to one count of a 153 count indictment charging him with embezzling union funds. The charges had been brought following an investigation by the OLMS San Francisco District Office.
February 20th, 2002On February 20, 2002, in the United States District Court for the District of Nevada, David S. Manes, former business agent of Steelworkers Local 711-A, pled guilty to one count of embezzling $1,500 in union funds. He had been indicted on August 29, 2001, following an investigation by the OLMS San Francisco District Office.
February 19th, 2002On February 19, 2002, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, Joseph Buress, Rhonda Creed, William Fricker, and Edward Ramsey, former officers of Steelworkers Local 9336, and Elizabeth George, former administrator of the local's disaster relief fund, were indicted on charges of conspiracy to embezzle union funds and making false entries in union records. This scheme involved $10,000 in false or excessive lost time payments. They were also charged with embezzling approximately $11,250 in union funds and making false entries in the benefit fund's records in a scheme involving fraudulent payments from the fund. The charges were brought following a joint investigation by the OLMS Pittsburgh District Office and the Department of Labor's Office of the Inspector General.
February 11th, 2002On February 11, 2002, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, Donald Martin, former secretary-treasurer of Steelworkers Local 35-8681, was sentenced to five months at a half-way house and five months home detention followed by three years of supervised probation and ordered to make restitution of $10,400 and pay $5,075 in special assessments. He had been indicted on March 21, 2001, on charges of embezzling $10,591 in union funds, making false entries in union records, and false reporting. He was found guilty on all counts by a jury trial on October 10, 2001. The charges had been brought following an investigation by the OLMS Nashville District Office.
August 29th, 2001On August 29, 2001, in the United States District Court for the District of Nevada, David Manes, former business representative of Steelworkers Local 711-A, was indicted on 153 counts of embezzling a total of $24,923.42 in union funds. Twenty counts involved unauthorized salary, 119 counts involved personal purchases on the union's credit card and other accounts, and 14 counts involved use of union funds for personal debts. The charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS San Francisco District Office.
August 21st, 2001On August 21, 2001, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, Michele Arington, former bookkeeper for Steelworkers Local 9-194-L, was indicted on one count of embezzling $5,635 in union funds. The charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS Nashville District Office.
July 9th, 2001On July 9, 2001, in the Circuit Court for the City of Newport News, Virginia, Stanley Coppedge, former grievance person for Steelworkers Local 8888, was indicted on charges of defrauding the Newport News Shipbuilding Company and/or Steelworkers Local 8888 by obtaining money or property by false pretenses. The charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office.
March 21st, 2001On March 21, 2001, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, Donald G. Martin, former financial secretary of Steelworkers Local 35-8681, was indicted on fifty counts of embezzling a total of $10,591 in union funds, five counts of making false entries in union records, and two counts of false reporting. The charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS Nashville District Office.