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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.
May 14th, 2014On May 14, 2014, in the United States District Court for the Charleston Division of the District of South Carolina, Timothy A. Gamble, former President of United Steelworkers of America (USWA) Local 378 (located in Aynor, S.C.), was charged with embezzling $9,345 in union funds between May 2010 and May 2013, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Atlanta-Nashville District Office.
May 5th, 2014On May 5, 2014, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Juan ‘Alex’ Cedeno, former President and Health & Welfare Fund Trustee of Steelworkers Local 4-318 (located in Edison, N.J.), was arrested following a criminal complaint was filed charging him with one count of embezzlement of union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The investigation disclosed that from April 2009 through October 2011, Cedeno allegedly embezzled a total of $93,965 in union and employee benefit funds. Cedeno used the debit card to incur numerous unauthorized, inappropriate, and personal charges. The charge follows a joint investigation by the OLMS New York District Office and the Employee Benefits Security Administration.
January 30th, 2014On January 30, 2014, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Linda Ryan, former Secretary-Treasurer of Steelworkers Local 208 (located in Irving, Tex.), pled guilty to embezzling $54,416 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). On January 23, 2014, Ryan was charged in a one-count information with embezzlement of union funds. The charge and plea follow an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.
August 29th, 2013On August 29, 2013, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, Bernard Nolter, former Secretary-Treasurer of Steelworkers Local 635 (located in Mount Carmel, Pa.), pled guilty to an information charging him with falsifying union records to conceal an embezzlement of union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(c). The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia District Office.
August 28th, 2013On August 28, 2013, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, Michael Pontician, former Financial-Secretary of Steelworkers Local 480 (located in Pottsville, Pa.), pled guilty to an information charging him with falsifying union records to conceal an embezzlement of union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(c). The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia 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.
July 1st, 2013On July 1, 2013, Charles E. Rocha, former Political Director for the Steelworkers International Union in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to two years of probation and was ordered to pay a fine of $2,000. Rocha had previously made restitution in the amount of $12,449. Rocha also filed a petition with the court to have the Section 504 bar that would prohibit him from serving in certain capacities with labor unions be reduced in length so that he could continue serving as a union consultant. The judge denied Rocha’s petition; therefore, the 13-year bar was automatically imposed. In March 2013, Rocha pled guilty to embezzling union funds. The investigation found that between January 2008 and June 2009, Rocha misused a union credit card, incurred personal travel agency charges, and received unauthorized expense reimbursements from falsified travel vouchers.
May 22nd, 2013On May 22, 2013, in the United States District Court, Northern District of New York, William Mochrie, former Financial Secretary of Steelworkers Local 28 (located in Castleton, N.Y.), pled guilty to making false entries in labor union records. On May 8, 2013, an information was filed charging Mochrie with falsifying union records. Mochrie has agreed to make restitution in the amount of $13,763.05. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Buffalo District Office.
May 8th, 2013On May 8, 2013, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York, William Mochrie, former Secretary-Treasurer of Steelworkers Local 04-28 (located in Castleton, N.Y.), had an information filed against him for falsifying union records, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(c). The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Buffalo 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.
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 United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, Northern Division, Graven Townsend, former Treasurer of Steelworkers Local 9-462 (located in Prattville, Ala.), was sentenced to serve five years of probation and five months at Dismas Charities. Townsend was also ordered to pay additional restitution owed in the amount of $80,970.76 and a fine of $100. On December 21, 2011, Townsend pled guilty to a one-count information charging him with embezzlement in the amount of $98,970.76, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Nashville District Office.
February 21st, 2012On February 21, 2012, in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Roody Lespinasse, former Treasurer of Steelworkers Local 04-421 (located in Brockton, Mass.), pled guilty to one count of willfully failing to maintain union records, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(a). On February 21, 2012, an information was filed charging Lespinasse with the same crime. Lespinasse agreed to make restitution in the amount of $20,818. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Boston 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.
December 21st, 2011On December 21, 2011, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, Northern Division, Graven Leevon Townsend, former Treasurer of Steelworkers Local 9-462 (located in Prattville, Ala.), pled guilty to a one-count information charging him with embezzlement in the amount of $98,970.76, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Nashville District Office.
December 2nd, 2011On December 2, 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.), pled guilty to one charge of embezzlement of union funds in the amount of $16,965.54, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Denver District Office.
November 28th, 2011On November 28, 2011, in the State of Florida, the 13th Circuit in Polk County, Alfred Jenkins, former Secretary-Treasurer of Steelworkers Local 9-475 (located in Eaton Park, Fla.), was charged with Grand Theft in the 3rd Degree. The State of Florida charged Jenkins with unlawfully and temporarily depriving Local 9-475 of 17 checks valued at $4,737.45. Jenkins is currently on supervised probation for kidnapping and robbery with a weapon. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Tampa Resident Investigator Office.
September 30th, 2011On September 30, 2011, in the Fountain County Circuit Court in Indiana, Brianna Gates, former Financial Secretary of Steelworkers Local 975 (located in Catlin, Ill.), was charged with 13 counts of forgery and two counts of theft totaling $3,975 in union funds, in violation of the Indiana State Code. The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.
August 29th, 2011On August 29, 2011, in the United States District Court for the Western District of New York, Guy Masocco, President of Steelworkers Local 897 (located in Cheektowaga, N.Y.), pled guilty to one count of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). Masocco admitted that he embezzled $31,701 from his union between December 2004 and December 2009 by making unauthorized charges on the union’s credit card and by receiving improper lost time payments from the union. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Buffalo District Office.
August 11th, 2011On August 11, 2011, in the State of Florida, Circuit Court of Nassau County, Dakota Wilson, former Financial Secretary-Treasurer of Steelworkers Local 9-802 (located in Yulee, Fla.), pled guilty to grand theft and was adjudicated guilty. She was sentenced to five years probation and was ordered to pay $20,157.98 in restitution, $498 in fines, and a teen court service surcharge. On June 7, 2011, Wilson was charged with grand theft of $19,472.53 in union funds and was formally arrested on June 8, 2011. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Miami Resident Office.
June 27th, 2011On June 27, 2011, in the United States District Court for the Western District of New York, Thomas Wagner, Financial Secretary of Steelworkers Local 897 (located in Cheektowaga, N.Y.), pled guilty to falsification of union records, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(c). Wagner admitted to making personal charges on the union credit card amounting to a loss of $5,526 in union funds. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Buffalo 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.
June 7th, 2011On June 7, 2011, in the State of Florida, 4th Judicial District, Dakota Wilson, former Financial Secretary of Steelworkers Local 9-802 (located in Yulee, Fla.), was charged with Grand Theft of $19,472.53 in union funds. Wilson was formally arrested on June 8, 2011. The charge and arrest follow an investigation by the OLMS Miami Resident Office.
May 4th, 2011On May 4, 2011, in the United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio, Western Division, Stacy Sacks, former President of Steelworkers Local 982 (located in Wapakoneta, Ohio), pled guilty to one count of embezzlement and one count of falsification of union records. On March 16, 2011, an information was filed charging Sacks with embezzling $9,261 and falsification of union records. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office and the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General.
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 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.
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.
March 16th, 2011On March 16, 2011, in the United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio, an information was filed charging two former officers of Steelworkers Local 982 (located in Wapakaneta, Ohio), with embezzlement of union funds. The information charges former President Stacy Sacks with embezzling $7,739.76 in union funds as well falsifying union records. Additionally, former Vice President Tim Fisher was charged with one count of embezzling $4,858.21. Finally, both former officers were charged together with purchasing a 42” flat screen television and home theater system for their personal use, valued at $1,520.77. The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office and Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General.
March 3rd, 2011On March 3, 2011, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio (Western Division), Ellsworth Williamson, former President of Steelworkers Local 1967 (located in Hamilton, Ohio), was sentenced to one year probation and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $2,293 and a $25 assessment. On December 7, 2010, Williamson pled guilty to a one-count information charging him with filing a false report. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
February 28th, 2011On February 28, 2011, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Sylvester Knight, former Treasurer of Steelworkers Local 2154 (located in Chicago, Ill.), pled guilty to one count of making false entries in the union’s financial records. On January 21, 2011, an information was filed charging Knight with the same crime. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.
February 16th, 2011On February 16, 2011, in the Worcester County Massachusetts District Court, Stephen Andros, President of Steelworkers Local 2936 (located in Auburn, Mass.), was charged in a five-count criminal complaint with larceny over $250, in violation of Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 266, Section 30, totaling $18,751.84. The complaint follows an investigation by the OLMS Boston District Office.
January 21st, 2011On January 21, 2011, in the United States District Court of the Northern District of Illinois, an information was filed charging Sylvester Knight, former Treasurer of Steelworkers Local 2154 (located in Chicago, Ill.), with making false entries in the union’s financial records in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(c). The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.
November 23rd, 2010On November 23, 2010, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, Nickolas Weihert, former Financial Secretary of Steelworkers Local 4845 (located in Waukesha, Wis.), pled guilty to three counts of embezzling union funds in the amount of $450.00. Weihert admitted that he embezzled $17,256. He was ordered to make restitution to Local 4845 and to pay a $5,000 fine. Weihert is scheduled to be sentenced on March 8, 2011. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Milwaukee 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.
October 5th, 2010On October 5, 2010, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, an information was filed charging Nickolas Weihert, former Financial Secretary of Steelworkers Local 4845 (located in Waukesha, WI), with three counts of embezzlement totaling $450.00. The information states that the three counts were fraudulent transactions related to an embezzlement of $17,256. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Milwaukee District Office.
September 15th, 2010On September 15, 2010, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Ellsworth Williamson, former President of Steelworkers Local 5-1967 (located in Hamilton, Ohio), was charged with embezzling union funds in the amount of $5,159.16. The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
July 20th, 2010On July 20, 2010, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Andrew Blackmon, former President of Steelworkers Local 842 (located in Detroit, Mich.), pled guilty to one count of falsifying union records. On June 18, 2010, Blackmon was charged with the same offense. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit District Office.
June 14th, 2010On June 14, 2010, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Jerrold King, former President of Steelworkers Local 842 (located in Detroit, Mich.), pled guilty to one count of concealing union records. On March 4, 2010, King was charged with the same offense. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit District Office.
June 11th, 2010On June 11, 2010, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, an information was filed charging Barbara Jean Gallagher, former Financial Secretary of Steelworkers Local 2-1007 (located in Howell, Mich.), with one count of making a false statement of a material fact on the union's 2005 annual financial report. The information follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit 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.
May 11th, 2010On May 11, 2010, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, an information was filed charging Oscar Gatewood, former President of Steelworkers Local 842 (located in Detroit, Mich.), with one count of concealing union records. The information follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit District Office.
March 4th, 2010On March 4, 2010, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, an information was filed charging Jerrold King, former President of Steelworkers Local 842 (located in Detroit, Mich.), with one count of concealing union records. The information follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit District Office.
January 21st, 2010On January 21, 2010, in the United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio, an information was filed charging Jacqueline T. Kiedrowicz, former President of Steelworkers Local 1200 (located in Canton, Ohio), with one count of making false entries in union records. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office.
October 2nd, 2009On October 2, 2009, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, Ray Horton, former employee of United Steelworkers Local 9443 (located in Robards, Ky.), pled guilty to mail fraud and embezzlement of union funds. On July 8, 2009, Horton was charged with mail fraud and embezzlement of union funds in the amount of $19,924. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
June 8th, 2009On June 8, 2009, in the Oneida (N.Y.) City Court, Gail Shingler, former Treasurer of Steelworkers Local 53 (located in Oneida, N.Y.), was charged with two counts of grand larceny, in the fourth degree. Shingler was charged with taking union funds in the amount of $2,572. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Buffalo 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.
April 17th, 2009On April 17, 2009, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Donna J. Simpson, former secretary for the Steelworkers District 10 office (located in North Versailles, Pa.), pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $87,823.18. On August 26, 2008, Simpson was charged with one count of embezzling union funds in the same amount. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Pittsburgh 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 30th, 2008On October 30, 2008, in the City Court of Geneva, New York, Bradley Steinruck, former President of Steelworkers Local 828 (located in Geneva, N.Y.), was charged with grand larceny in the fourth degree for taking union funds in the amount of $1,987. The charge follows a joint investigation by the OLMS Buffalo District Office and the New York State Police.
October 22nd, 2008On October 22, 2008, in the St. Louis County District Court of Minnesota, Kathleen Kordish, former financial secretary of Steelworkers Local 9349 (located in Hibbing, Minn.), pled guilty to one felony count of theft by false representation in excess of $2,500. Kordish was alleged to have embezzled union funds in the amount of $19,148.54. On April 29, 2008 Kordish was charged with one count of theft of funds by false representation in excess of $2,500. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Minneapolis Resident Investigator Office.
October 6th, 2008On October 6, 2008, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, Donna Roles, former Financial Secretary of Steelworkers Local 14310 (located in Mount Hope, W.Va.), pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $76,420. On May 20, 2008, Roles was charged with one count of embezzling union funds in the same amount and one count of falsifying union records. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Pittsburgh District Office.
September 30th, 2008On September 30, 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), pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $15,809. On August 19, 2008, Saltz was charged with embezzling union funds in the same amount and making false entries in union records. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office.
September 12th, 2008On September 12, 2008, in the Trial Court of Berrien County, Michigan, Michael LaPorte, former Secretary-Treasurer of Steelworkers Local 430 (located in Niles, Mich.), was charged with embezzlement of $1,000 or more but less than $20,000. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit 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.
June 27th, 2008On June 27, 2008, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Betty Wing, former Secretary-Treasurer of Steelworkers (formerly PACE) Local 1077 (located in Lambertville, Mich.), pled guilty to embezzling union funds in the amount of $6,584. On June 18, 2008, an information was filed charging Wing with one count of embezzlement of union funds in the same amount. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit District Office.
April 29th, 2008On April 29, 2008, in the County Court of St. Louis County, Minnesota, Kathleen Kordish, former financial secretary of Steelworkers Local 9349 (located in Hibbing, Minn.), was charged with one count of theft of funds by false representation in excess of $2,500. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Minneapolis Resident Investigator Office.
April 16th, 2008On April 16, 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 (located in Appleton, Wis., pled guilty to embezzling union funds in the amount of $11,500. On January 15, 2008, Van Handel was charged with one count of embezzling union funds in the same amount. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Milwaukee District Office.
March 14th, 2008On March 14, 2008, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Deborah Anthony, former Financial Secretary of Steelworkers Local 1196, pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $1,245.45. The plea agreement requires Anthony to make restitution in the amount of $34,134.47. On November 7, 2007, Anthony was charged with eight counts of embezzling union funds totaling $6,955.18 and one count of preparing false union records. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Pittsburgh District Office.
March 12th, 2008On March 12, 2008, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, an information was filed charging William Day, former Treasurer of Steelworkers Local 1-1462, with one count of embezzlement of union funds in the amount of $11,140.88. Subsequently, Day pled guilty to the offense. The charge and plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
February 19th, 2008On February 19, 2008, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas, Martin Hayes, former Secretary-Treasurer of Steelworkers Local 1671, pled guilty to one count of embezzling money from a labor organization. On June 6, 2007, Hayes was charged with embezzling union funds in the amount of $9,033.25.The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas District Office.
February 8th, 2008On February 8, 2008, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, Carolyn M. Wallace, former President of Steelworkers Local 02-356, pled guilty to embezzling union funds in the amount of $25,200. On December 13, 2007, Wallace was charged with one count of embezzling union funds in the same amount. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Milwaukee District Office.
January 19th, 2008On January 19, 2008, in the County Court of Fremont County, Colorado, Jamie Solis, former President of Steelworkers Local 594, was charged with one count of theft of union funds in the amount of $500 or more, but less than $15,000, by threat or deception. The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Denver District Office
December 13th, 2007On December 13, 2007, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, an information was filed against Carolyn M. Wallace, former President of Steelworkers Local 02-356, charging her with one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $25,200. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Milwaukee District Office.
November 7th, 2007On November 7, 2007, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Deborah Anthony, former Financial Secretary of Steelworkers Local 1196, was charged with eight counts of embezzling union funds totaling $6,955.18 and one count of preparing false union records. The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Pittsburgh District Office.
May 11th, 2007On May 11, 2007, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Alan Raines, former Financial Secretary of Steelworkers Local 1358 was charged with one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $274,262.39, and one count of bank fraud. The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Detroit District Office.
January 23rd, 2007On January 23, 2007, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, information was filed against Larry Haislip, former Financial Secretary for Steelworkers Local 7509, charging him with one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $1,702.97. On January 23, 2007, Haislip pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the same amount. The information and guilty plea follow an investigation by the OLMS Nashville District Office.
September 7th, 2006On September 7, 2006, in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, Timothy Pulvermacher, former Financial Secretary for the United Steelworkers of America, Local 9444, was charged with one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of approximately $29,062.10. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Milwaukee District Office.
August 29th, 2006On August 29, 2006, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Linda Holden, former Financial Secretary-Treasurer for Steelworkers Local 639 (formerly PACE Local 6-639), pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $74,090. On June 28, 2006, Holden was charged with one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $74,090. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit District Office.
May 10th, 2006On May 10, 2006, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, Chiquita Durr, former Vice President of United Steelworkers Local 832, was charged with one count of embezzling $2,244 in union funds. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
September 21st, 2005On September 21, 2005, in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Jefferson Circuit Court, Joseph J. Brady, former Financial Secretary of Steelworkers Local 1693, was charged with one count of theft by unlawful taking. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
April 18th, 2005On April 18, 2005, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, Southwestern Division, Tawyuna Palmer, former financial secretary of Local 11-14228, Steelworkers, pled guilty to a one-count information charging her with embezzling $21,449.77 in union funds. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Kansas City Resident 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.
September 3rd, 2004On September 3, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, Richard Krystofiak, former financial secretary of Steelworkers Local 9-1071-L, was sentenced to 12 months of supervised probation and ordered to make restitution in the amount of $8,644.46 for embezzlement and making false entries. On May 18, 2004, Krystofiak pled guilty to the charges following an investigation by the OLMS Nashville 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 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.
March 16th, 2004On March 16, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, Robert Hart, former president of Steelworkers Local 9-447, was sentenced to two years supervised probation. He made full restitution in the amount of $18,257. Hart had previously pled guilty to filing a false labor organization annual financial report on December 5, 2003, at which time an embezzlement charge was dismissed. The sentence follows an investigation by the OLMS Nashville District Office.
February 23rd, 2004On February 23, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Western District of New York, Nancy Childs, the former financial secretary of Steelworkers, Local Union 4-151G was fined $1,000 and placed on one year of unsupervised probation for making false entries in union records. Childs pled guilty to the charge in January 2004. The guilty plea and sentence follow an investigation by the OLMS Buffalo District Office.
September 25th, 2003On September 25, 2003, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, James Hubler, the former financial secretary of Steelworkers Local 14375, was sentenced to three months and three days imprisonment for embezzling $27,226 in union funds. The sentence will run concurrently with Hubler's present sentence from an unrelated conviction. Following the prison term, Hubler will be on a two year supervised release. He was ordered to make restitution in the amount of $24,186.79 in monthly installments of at least $5.00. Hubler pled guilty to the charge on January 23, 2003. The sentence and guilty plea follow an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia District Office.
August 6th, 2003On August 6, 2003, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Murdytha Stubbs, former Vice President of Steelworkers Local 1-3586-S, pled guilty to an information charging him with embezzling $4,309.40 in union funds. Stubbs had been charged on June 18, 2003, following an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland 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.
June 2nd, 2003On June 2, 2003, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, Julia D. Mynes, former employee of United Steelworkers Local 14614, was convicted of embezzling union funds after entering a guilty plea on March 10, 2003. Because of her previous criminal record, Mynes received the maximum sentence and must serve six months in prison beginning immediately. Mynes was also ordered to make restitution totaling $4,000 and to pay a special assessment totaling $100. The charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS Pittsburgh District Office.
May 5th, 2003On May 5, 2003, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, David Shaffer, the former President of Steelworkers Local 8985-S, was sentenced to spend six months in home confinement on electronic monitoring plus 36 months of supervised release and to pay $15,000 in restitution plus a $25 special assessment. Shaffer pled guilty to one count of falsifying union records (in order to conceal the embezzlement of $21,958 in union funds) on November 6, 2002. The U.S. Attorney dropped a related obstruction of justice charge based on threats Shaffer made against his local union's officers. The charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS Chicago 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.
April 1st, 2003On April 1, 2003, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Albert Dishong, former president of Steelworkers Local 2635, was sentenced to five months imprisonment, five months monitored home detention, and three years probation. He was ordered to make restitution to the union in the amount of $30,509.89 plus interest in monthly payments of not less than $847.00 plus interest. He had pled guilty on January 10, 2003 to one count of embezzling union funds. The charges had been brought following an investigation by the OLMS Pittsburgh District Office.
February 12th, 2003On February 12, 2003, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, Robert E. Martin, Jr., former member of Steelworkers Local Union 9336 in Radford, Virginia, was sentenced to spend three years on probation and ordered to pay $900.71 in restitution plus a special assessment of $100. Martin was further ordered to report to his probation officer any contacts with fugitive Elizabeth J. George and any information on her whereabouts. On December 11, 2002, Martin pled guilty to one count of harboring George and concealing her from arrest. Martin was previously charged with embezzlement before being jailed for three months on the harboring charge. These charges were brought 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.
December 4th, 2002On December 4, 2002, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, James Hubler, former financial secretary of Steelworkers Local 14375, was charged in an information with embezzling approximately $27,000 in union funds following an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia District Office.
November 6th, 2002On November 6, 2002, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, David Allen Shaffer, former president of Steelworkers Local 07-8985-S, pled guilty to falsifying union records in order to conceal the embezzlement of $21,958 in union funds. The charge was brought following an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office. [Related documents: HTML | PDF]
October 18th, 2002On October 18, 2002, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, former Vice-President Rhonda L. Creed and former Financial-Secretary Joseph W. Burress of Steelworkers Local 8-9336 were both sentenced to three years probation. Ms. Creed was ordered to make full restitution in the amount of $3,122.64. Mr. Burress was ordered to make full restitution in the amount of $3,100.10 and was sentenced to six months home confinement with electronic monitoring. On July 11, 2002, Mr. Burress pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to embezzle union funds and to make false entry in union books and two counts of embezzlement of union funds. On July 12, 2002, Ms. Creed pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to embezzle union funds. 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, Roanoke Office.
October 11th, 2002On October 11, 2002, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York, Anthony Brock, former treasurer of Steelworkers Local Union #4-6989, was sentenced to three years probation and ordered to pay $12,573.40 in restitution after pleading guilty to one count of embezzlement on May 29, 2002. The charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS Buffalo District Office.
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.
August 22nd, 2002On August 22, 2002, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Delbert Steward, former president of Steelworkers Local 02-1279, pled guilty to embezzling $9,578 in union funds. He had been charged in a criminal complaint following an investigation by the OLMS Detroit District Office.
July 12th, 2002On July 12, 2002 in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, Edward A. Ramsey, former president of Steelworkers Local 9336, pled guilty to conspiracy to embezzle union funds and make false entries in union books, and two counts of embezzlement of union funds. Both parties stipulated that the amount of loss attributable to the defendant was $5,065.76. The charges had been brought on February 19, 2002, following a joint investigation by the OLMS Pittsburgh District Office and the Department of Labor's Office of the Inspector General.
July 12th, 2002On July 12, 2002 in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, William E. Fricker, former president and grievance committee chairman of Steelworkers Local 9336, pled guilty to conspiracy to embezzle union funds and two counts of embezzlement of union funds. Both parties stipulated that the amount of loss attributable to the defendant was $6,372.29. The charges had been brought on February 19, 2002, following a joint investigation by the OLMS Pittsburgh District Office and the Department of Labor's Office of the Inspector General.
July 12th, 2002On July 12, 2002 in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, Rhonda L. Creed, former vice-president of Steelworkers Local 9336, pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to embezzle union funds and make false entries in union books. Both parties stipulated that the amount of loss attributable to the defendant was $3,122.64. The charges had been brought on February 19, 2002, following a joint investigation by the OLMS Pittsburgh District Office and the Department of Labor's Office of the Inspector General.
July 11th, 2002On July 11, 2002 in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, Joseph W. Burress, former financial secretary of Steelworkers Local 9336, pled guilty to conspiracy to embezzle union funds and make false entries in union books, and two counts of embezzlement of union funds. The parties stipulated that the amount of loss attributable to the defendant was $3,100.10. The charges had been brought on February 19, 2002, following a joint investigation by the OLMS Pittsburgh District Office and the Department of Labor's Office of the Inspector General.
June 20th, 2002On June 20, 2002, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Delbert Steward, former president of Steelworkers Local 1279, was charged in a criminal complaint with one count of embezzling $9,578.87 in union funds. The charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS Detroit 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.
May 29th, 2002On May 29, 2002, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York, Anthony Brock, former secretary-treasurer of Steelworkers Local 4-6989, pled guilty to embezzling $12,573 in union funds. The charges had been brought following an investigation by the OLMS Buffalo 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 12th, 2002On February 12, 2002, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, William Fast, former treasurer of Steelworkers Local 1013-L, was sentenced to two years probation and fined $1,000. He had pled guilty on October 22, 2001, to embezzling $3,893.71 in union funds and had previously made restitution. The charges had been brought following an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office.
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.
November 30th, 2001On November 30, 2001, Judge Robert W. Curran of the Circuit Court for the City of Newport News, Virginia, accepted a plea agreement from Stanley Coppedge, former grievance person for Steelworkers Local 8888. Mr. Coppedge pled guilty to petty larceny, a Class 1 misdemeanor, in violation of Virginia Code 18.2-178 (obtaining money or property by false pretenses). He was sentenced to one year incarceration, suspended as long as he remains in good behavior and makes restitution of $13,761.67. The charges had been brought on July 9, 2001, following an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office.
November 16th, 2001On November 16, 2001, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Stephen M. Hanlon, former secretary-treasurer of Steelworkers Local 01-4564-S, pled guilty to embezzling $21,657 in union funds. The charges had been brought on November 2, 2001, following an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office.
November 2nd, 2001On November 2, 2001, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, an information was filed charging Stephen Hanlon, former financial secretary of Steelworkers Local 01-4564-S, with embezzling $21,657 in union funds. The charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office.
October 22nd, 2001On October 22, 2001, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, William A. Fast, former treasurer of Steelworkers Local 1013-L, was charged in an information with one count of embezzling $3,893.71 in union funds. The charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland 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 23rd, 2001On July 23, 2001, in the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, Terry Wilson, former secretary-treasurer of Steelworkers Local 09-1133-L, was placed on three years supervised probation and ordered to make restitution in the amount of $6,073, the amount of the $22,073 in union funds he embezzled which is still outstanding. He had entered a guilty plea on May 5, 2001. The charges had been 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.
May 11th, 2001On May 11, 2001, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Roy Keith Harris, former financial secretary of Steelworkers Local 11-659, entered a plea of guilty to the embezzlement of $28,123 in union funds. The charges had been brought following an investigation by the OLMS St. Louis 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.
February 20th, 2001On February 20, 2001, in the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, a one-count bill of information was filed charging Terry K. Wilson, former secretary-treasurer of Steelworkers Local 1133-L, with embezzling $22,073 in union funds. The charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS Nashville District Office.