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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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March 15th, 2016On March 15, 2016, in the Superior Court of Dougherty County in the State of Georgia, William Price, former Treasurer of Steelworkers Local 1762 (located in Albany, Ga.), pled guilty to one count of Theft by Taking by a Fiduciary in the amount of $163,065, in violation of O.C.G.A. 42-8-60. He was then sentenced to 10 years of probation and was ordered to pay $80,000 in restitution ($5,000 to be paid within 30 days) and $55 in court fees. The guilty plea and sentencing follow an investigation by the OLMS Atlanta-Nashville District Office.
April 29th, 2014On April 29, 2014, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Edward Martin Mosher, former Financial Secretary of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 458 (located in Plant City, Fla.), was sentenced to time served in prison followed by three years of supervised release with standard and special conditions. Mosher had been incarcerated for 11.5 months prior to being released. Mosher was also ordered to make full restitution in the amount of $43,941. On January 22, 2014, Mosher pled guilty to embezzlement of union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Tampa Resident Investigator Office and the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General.
January 7th, 2014On January 7, 2014, 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.), was sentenced to two years of probation and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $2,626. On August 28, 2013, Pontician pled guilty to one count of falsifying union records to conceal an embezzlement of union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(c). The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia-Pittsburgh District Office.
December 19th, 2013On December 19, 2013, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, Northern Division, Mark Gilbert, former Financial Secretary of United Steelworkers Local 805 (located in Florence, Ky.), was sentenced to 60 days imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $8,467 and a $100 special assessment. On August 6, 2013, Gilbert pled guilty to one count of embezzlement of union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati-Cleveland District Office.
December 17th, 2013On December 17, 2013, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, Bernard Nolter, former Secretary-Treasurer of United Steelworkers Local 635 (located in Mount Carmel, Pa.), was sentenced to one year of probation. On August 29, 2013, Nolter pled guilty to one count of falsifying union records to conceal an embezzlement of union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(c). Nolter had previously made restitution in the amount of $7,262. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia-Pittsburgh District Office.
September 25th, 2013On September 25, 2013, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, Gregory E. Brown, former Treasurer of Steelworker Local 777 (located in Memphis, Tenn.), was sentenced to two years of probation with six months home confinement and was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment. On June 18, 2013, Brown pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $6,587, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Nashville District Office.
September 19th, 2013On September 19, 2013, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York, William Mochrie, former Secretary-Treasurer of Steelworkers Local 4-28 (located in Castleton, N.Y.), was sentenced to two years of probation and was required to pay a court assessment of $25. Mochrie is also forbidden to obtain any new lines of credit, and, if directed by the U.S. Probation Department, to participate in credit counseling. He was also ordered to pay the remaining restitution totaling of $14,569. On May 22, 2013, Mochrie pled guilty to making false entries in labor union records, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(c). The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Buffalo 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 21st, 2013On May 21, 2013, in the Criminal Court for Hamilton County, State of Tennessee, Clarence Howard, former Secretary-Treasurer of United Steelworkers Local 789 (located in Chattanooga, Tenn.), was sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to pay a $26.50 special assessment after he pled guilty to one count of theft of property over $1,000. The guilty plea and sentencing follow an investigation by the OLMS Nashville 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.
January 4th, 2013On January 4, 2013, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Cleo Wilson, former Secretary-Treasurer of Steelworkers Local 1856 (located in Dallas, Tex.), was sentenced to 12 months of incarceration, three years of probation, and was ordered to pay full restitution of $29,856.19 and a $100 special assessment. On March 19, 2012, Wilson pled guilty to embezzling union funds in the amount of $29,856.19, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas District Office.
December 17th, 2012On December 17, 2012, in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Manuel Nogueira, former Recording Secretary of Steelworkers Local 4-421 (located in Auburn, Mass.), was sentenced to 18 months of probation and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $9,000 and a $200 special assessment. On April 27, 2011, Nogueira pled guilty to one count of conspiracy (18 U.S.C. 371), one count of embezzlement (29 U.S.C. 501(c)), and one count of aiding and abetting (18 U.S.C. 2). The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Boston District Office.
November 1st, 2012On November 1, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Robert Misuraca, former District 4 Staff Representative for the United Steelworkers International Union (located in Pittsburgh, Pa.), was sentenced to one year of probation and was ordered to pay $266.53 in remaining restitution plus a $100 special assessment. Misuraca was also ordered to participate in programs for mental health assessment, alcohol rehabilitation, and gambling. On June 25, 2012, Misuraca pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $17,566, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Pittsburgh District Office.
October 2nd, 2012On October 2, 2012, in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Andy Alerte, former Financial Secretary of Steelworkers Local 4-421 (located in Auburn, Mass.), was sentenced to six months of probation and was ordered to pay restitution of $5,100 and a $25 assessment. On March 14, 2012, Alerte pled guilty to one count of failure to maintain records and one count of making false entries. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Boston District Office.
October 2nd, 2012On October 2, 2012, in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Roody Lespinasse, former Treasurer of Steelworkers Local 4-421 (located in Auburn, Mass.), was sentenced to 18 months of probation and was ordered to pay restitution of $20,818 and a $25 assessment. On February 21, 2012, Lespinasse pled guilty to one count of failure to maintain records. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Boston District Office.
September 17th, 2012On September 17, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas, Rickey Harper, former Financial Secretary-Treasurer of Steelworkers Local 769 (located in El Dorado, Ark.), was sentenced to five years of probation with the first six months including home confinement with electronic monitoring and was ordered to pay $20,853.72 in restitution and a $100 special assessment. Harper must pay at least 10% of his net income every month or $25. Full restitution must be made prior to his probation ending. On February 3, 2012, Harper pled guilty to embezzling union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas District Office.
August 22nd, 2012On August 22, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, Darrell Goldsby, former Secretary-Treasurer of Steelworkers Local 9-2140S (located in Pleasant Grove, Ala.), was sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to pay the remaining restitution in the amount of $5,569.15 and a $600 special assessment. On March 8, 2012, Goldsby pled guilty to one count of embezzlement in the amount of $10,869.15, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c), and five counts of forgery, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 513(a). The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Nashville District Office.
August 14th, 2012On August 14, 2012, in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Stennett Bernard, former President of Steelworkers Local 4-421 (located in Auburn, Mass.), was sentenced to six months of home confinement and electronic monitoring and five years of probation. Bernard was also ordered to pay restitution of $175,312 and a special assessment of $200. The restitution amount was increased to include the amount of money Bernard conspired to pay his co-conspirators. On May 31, 2012, Bernard pled guilty to embezzling union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c), and conspiracy, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 371. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Boston District Office.
July 25th, 2012On July 25, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Angelo Schifino, former Financial Secretary of Steelworkers Local 532 (located in Pittsburgh, Pa.), was sentenced to two years of probation, 50 hours of community service, and was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment. Schifino had previously paid full restitution of $9,917. On March 19, 2012, Schifino pled guilty to one count of embezzlement, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Pittsburgh District Office.
July 13th, 2012On July 13, 2012, in the Superior Court of Washington, County of Jefferson, Michael Morgensen, former Treasurer of United Steelworkers Local 12-175 (located in Port Townsend, Wash.), pled guilty to both forgery and theft in the third degree, in violation of Washington RCW 9A.60.20 and 9A.56.020. Morgensen was then sentenced to 364 days in jail and was required to make restitution of $7,000. The plea and sentencing follow an investigation by the OLMS Seattle District Office.
May 8th, 2012On May 8, 2012, in the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico, Thomas M. Chavez, former Secretary-Treasurer of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 12-659 (located in Questa, N.M.), was sentenced to three years of probation, 100 hours of community service, and was ordered to pay restitution of $16,965.54 and a $100 special assessment. On December 2, 2011, Chavez pled guilty to one count of embezzling $16,965.54 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Denver 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 24th, 2012On February 24, 2012, 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.), was sentenced to five years of probation with the first six months served in home confinement. She was also ordered to pay restitution of $36,489.68 at $100 a month. On October 17, 2011, Hensley pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Pittsburgh District Office.
February 14th, 2012On February 14, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Western District of New York, Guy Masocco, former President of Steelworkers Local 897 (located in Cheektowaga, N.Y.), was sentenced to 10 months of home confinement, three years of probation, and was ordered to pay $31,701 in restitution. On August 29, 2011, Masocco pled guilty to embezzling from his union. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Buffalo District Office.
January 23rd, 2012On January 23, 2012, in the Fountain County Indiana Circuit Court, Brianna Gates, former Financial Secretary of Steelworkers Local 7-975 (located in Fairmount, Ill.), pled guilty to two counts of Theft, Class D Felonies. Gates was then sentenced to three years of probation, 50 hours of community service for each year of her sentence, and was ordered to pay the remaining balance of $1,729 toward the total restitution amount of $3,975. The guilty plea and sentencing follow an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.
December 2nd, 2011On December 2, 2011, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas, Peggy Bolen, former Financial Secretary for Steelworkers Local 898 (located in Redfield, Ark.), was sentenced to five years probation and was ordered to pay $61,541.28 in restitution and a $100 fine. On August 17, 2011, Bolen pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $61,541.28. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas District Office.
October 14th, 2011On October 14, 2011, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, Dennis Lee McGee, Jr., former President of Steelworkers Local 9-9506 (located in Bynum, Ala.), pled guilty to three counts of 29 U.S.C. 501(c) for embezzling union funds totaling $1,950. McGee was then sentenced to three years probation and was ordered to pay $7,600 in restitution and a $300 special assessment. The guilty plea and sentencing follow an investigation by the OLMS Nashville District Office.
October 14th, 2011On October 14, 2011, in the United States District Court for the Western District of New York, Thomas Wagner, former Financial Secretary of Steelworkers Local 897 (located in Cheektowaga, N.Y.), was sentenced to two years of supervised probation and was ordered to make restitution of $5,526. On June 26, 2011, Wagner pled guilty to falsifying union records. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Buffalo District Office.
October 4th, 2011On October 4, 2011, in the United States District Court of Northern Oklahoma, Jackie Darrell Whitehouse, former Treasurer of Steelworkers Local 4430 (located in Tulsa, Okla.), was sentenced to two years of probation and was ordered to pay a $500 fine. On June 10, 2011, Whitehouse pled guilty to embezzling $6,350 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas District Office.
September 29th, 2011On September 29, 2011, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, Harry Dane Small, Jr., former Treasurer of Steelworkers Local 9-9506 (located in Bynum, Ala.), pled guilty to three counts of 29 U.S.C. 501(c) for embezzling union funds totaling $13,100. Small was then sentenced to three years probation including one year home detention. He was also ordered to pay $25,420 in restitution and a $300 special assessment. The guilty plea and sentencing follow an investigation by the OLMS Nashville District Office.
August 22nd, 2011On August 22, 2011, in the United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio, Western Division, two former officers of Steelworkers Local 982 (located in Wapakoneta, Ohio) were sentenced for their crimes. Tim Fisher, former Secretary-Treasurer of Steelworkers Local 982, was sentenced to five years probation and was ordered to make restitution in the amount of $5,618.60. On April 19, 2011, Fisher pled guilty to one count of embezzlement. Following Fisher’s sentencing, Stacy Sacks, former Local 982 President, was sentenced to five years probation and was ordered to make full restitution in the amount of $18,399.36. On May 4, 2011, Sacks pled guilty to one count of embezzlement and one count of falsification of union records. The sentencings follow an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office and Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General.
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.
August 5th, 2011On August 5, 2011, in the Chesapeake, Virginia Circuit Court, Larry Brooks, former President of Steelworkers Local 8-543 (located in Hampton, Va.), was sentenced to 12 months in prison, all of which was suspended, and 12 months of unsupervised probation. Brooks made full restitution of $5,500 at his sentencing, which resulted in his conviction being reduced from a felony to misdemeanor embezzlement. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office.
July 6th, 2011On July 6, 2011, in the Trial Court of Massachusetts District Court Department, Stephen Andros, President of Steelworkers Local 2936 (located in Auburn, Mass.), pled to sufficient facts for Larceny Over $250, in violation of Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 266, Section 30. Andros was placed on Administrative Supervision until January 10, 2012, and was ordered to make restitution of $2,430. Andros previously made restitution of $4,045. The plea and sentencing follow an investigation by the OLMS Boston District Office.
June 9th, 2011On June 9, 2011, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Sylvester Knight, former Secretary-Treasurer of Steelworkers Local 7-2154 (located in Chicago, Ill.), was sentenced to three years of probation and was ordered to pay the remaining amount of $1,837 of the total $6,207 of restitution. He was also ordered to complete 20 hours a week of community service, but only if he experiences unemployment that lasts for over 30 days. On February 28, 2011, Knight pled guilty to one count of false union records, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(c). The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.
March 29th, 2011On March 29, 2011, 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.), was sentenced to three years probation, eight months home confinement, and was ordered to pay a $5,000 fine and a $350 special assessment. Weihert previously made restitution in the amount of $17,316.62. On November 23, 2010, Weihert pled guilty to three counts of embezzling union funds. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Milwaukee District Office.
March 15th, 2011On March 15, 2011, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Oscar Gatewood, former President of Steelworkers Local 842 (located in Detroit, Mich.), was sentenced to three years probation with the first six months served in home confinement with electronic monitoring. He was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $2,666.61 and a $25 special assessment. On October 25, 2010, Gatewood pled guilty to one count of concealing union records. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit District Office.
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.
January 28th, 2011On January 28, 2011, 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.), was sentenced to time served in prison of five months and four days and three years probation. She was also ordered to pay $4,275.56 in restitution and a $125 court assessment. The sentencing follows a joint investigation by the OLMS Pittsburgh District Office and the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General.
January 27th, 2011On January 27, 2011, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Andrew Blackmon, former President of Steelworkers Local 842 (located in Detroit, Mich.), was sentenced to two years of probation and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $2,055.78 and a $25 special assessment. Blackmon previously made restitution in the amount of $510. On July 20, 2010, Blackmon pled guilty to one count of falsifying union records. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit 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.
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.
September 16th, 2010On September 16, 2010, in Madison County (NY) court, Gail Shingler, former Treasurer of the now defunct Steelworkers Local Union 53 (located in Oneida, NY), was sentenced after entering a guilty plea to one count of Grand Larceny in the fourth degree. Shingler was sentenced to 60 days in jail after admitting to taking $2,572 from her former local union. She made full restitution prior to her appearance in county court. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Buffalo District Office.
September 14th, 2010On September 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.), was sentenced to 36 months of probation, including 90 days of home confinement, and ordered to make restitution in the amount of $70.06 and pay a $25 special assessment. King previously made restitution in the amount of $900. On June 14, 2010, King pled guilty to one count of concealing union records. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit District Office.
August 19th, 2010On August 19, 2010, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Barbara Gallagher, former Financial Secretary of Steelworkers Local 2-1007 (located in Howell, Mich.), pled guilty to one count of making a false statement of a material fact on the union's 2005 annual financial report. Gallagher was sentenced to sixty months of probation and ordered to make restitution in the amount of $8,725.11 and pay a $25 special assessment. Gallagher previously made restitution in the amount of $855. The plea and sentencing follow an investigation by the OLMS Detroit District Office.
June 22nd, 2010On June 22, 2010, in the 22ND Judicial District Court of Washington Parish, Louisiana, Keith Knight, former Secretary Treasurer of Steelworkers Local 13-1362 (located in Bogalusa, La.), was sentenced to three years of supervised probation, and was ordered to pay $43,000 restitution, a fine of $500, monthly supervision fees, and court fees. On June 22, 2010, Knight pled guilty to theft over $500. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS New Orleans District Office and the Louisiana State Police.
April 20th, 2010On April 20, 2010 in the United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio, Jackie Kiedrowicz, former President of Steelworkers Local 1200 (located in Canton, Ohio) was sentenced to two years probation, ordered to pay a $2,000 fine and perform 200 hours of community service. On February 1, 2010, Kiedrowicz pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $16,782.40. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office.
April 13th, 2010On April 13, 2010, in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, Joe Self, former President of Steelworkers Local 771 (located in Fort Worth, Texas) was sentenced to five years of probation, ordered to pay $37,571.09 in restitution and a $50 special assessment. On November 26, 2008, Self pled guilty to destruction of union records. This sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas District Office.
March 24th, 2010On March 24, 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.), pled guilty to one count of theft by taking of union funds in the amount of $38,329. Banes was then sentenced to ten years probation and ordered to pay restitution in the same amount. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Atlanta District Office.
March 8th, 2010On March 8, 2010, in the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, Christina Geathers, former Financial Secretary/Treasurer of Steelworkers Local 357 (located in Georgetown, S.C.), was sentenced to three years of supervised release, sixteen months of home confinement with electronic monitoring, ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $25,444.68 to the union and $10,000 to Zurich Insurance Company, and ordered to pay a special assessment of $100. On August 11, 2009, Geathers pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $36,865.18. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Atlanta District Office.
January 15th, 2010On January 15, 2010, 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.), was sentenced to three years probation including four months of community confinement. He was ordered to pay restitution of $43,816.29 and court costs of $200. On October 2, 2009, Horton pled guilty to embezzlement and mail fraud. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
January 14th, 2010On January 14, 2010, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Gary Barner, former Treasurer of Steelworkers Local Union 518 (located in Rome, Ga.), was sentenced to 16 months incarceration to be followed by 36 months of supervised release and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $28,158.63. On October 6, 2009, Barner pled guilty to embezzling union funds, in the amount of $28,158.63, by writing checks to himself and misusing the union’s debit card. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Atlanta District Office.
October 30th, 2009On October 30, 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.), was sentenced to one year and one day imprisonment and ordered to make restitution in the amount of $46,013. On May 15, 2009, Stefanik had pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the same amount. The sentencing follows an investigation conducted by the OLMS Buffalo District Office.
October 22nd, 2009On October 22, 2009, in the United States District Court for the District of Kansas, Darryl D. Becker, former Financial Secretary of the United Steelworkers of America (USWA) Local 558-11 (located in McPherson, Kan.) was fined $500 and placed on probation for one year. Becker had previously made restitution in the amount of $6,500 in union funds. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS St. Louis District Office.
September 1st, 2009On September 1, 2009, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Tarris D. Dallas, former Financial Secretary-Treasurer of Steelworkers Local 9-415 (located in Fernandina Beach, Fla.), was sentenced to five years of probation and ordered to make restitution in the amount of $104,713.45 and pay a special court fee of $100. Also, Dallas was prohibited from incurring any additional credit card debts, ordered to perform 200 hours of community service, submit to random drug testing and obtain mental health treatment. On March 25, 2009, Dallas pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the same amount. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Miami Resident Investigator Office.
August 18th, 2009On August 18, 2009, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York Norma Fanning, former Treasurer of Steelworkers Local 503 (located in Ogdensburg, N.Y.) was sentenced to one-year probation, 100 hours of community service and fined $1,000. Fanning had previously made restitution in the amount of $6,342.15. On April 15, 2009, Fanning pled guilty to falsifying union records by submitting fraudulent expense claims in the same amount. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Buffalo District Office.
July 22nd, 2009On July 22, 2009, 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 sentenced to six months incarceration, six months home detention, two years supervised release and ordered to pay restitution of $84,065.14. On April 17, 2009, Simpson pled guilty to embezzling union funds in the same amount. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Pittsburgh District Office.
June 26th, 2009On June 26, 2009, in the City Court of Geneva, New York, Bradley Steinruck, former President of Steelworkers Local 828 (located in Geneva, N.Y.), was sentenced to seven days imprisonment, five years of probation, and 200 hours of community service. Steinruck previously made restitution in the amount of $1,987. On October 30, 2008, Steinruck had pled guilty to grand larceny in the fourth degree for taking union funds in the same amount. The sentencing follows a joint investigation by the OLMS Buffalo District Office and the New York State Police.
March 30th, 2009On March 30, 2009, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, Steven Snyder, former Financial Secretary of Steelworkers Local 5724 (located in Clarington, Ohio), was sentenced to five months incarceration after pleading guilty to embezzling $78,893.47 in union strike fund benefits. Also, Snyder was sentenced to an additional five months home confinement with electronic monitoring as part of three years supervised release.The sentencing follows a joint investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office and the FBI.
March 25th, 2009On March 25, 2009, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, Lyndon Denney, former Financial Secretary of Steelworkers Local 2-1019 (located in Otsego, Mich.), was sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to make restitution in the amount of $23,627.32 and pay a $100 special assessment.On November 24, 2008, Denney pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the same amount. The sentencing and plea follow an investigation by the OLMS Detroit District Office.
February 27th, 2009On February 27, 2009, 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.), was sentenced to two years probation and ordered to pay a $200 special assessment and to make restitution in the amount of $4,000.On November 25, 2008, Schaeuble pled guilty to two counts of embezzling union funds in the amount of $730.94.The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Milwaukee District Office.
February 3rd, 2009On February 3, 2009, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, Donna Roles, former Financial Secretary of Steelworkers Local 14310 (located in Mt. Hope, W.Va.), was sentenced to one month of incarceration, three years supervised release, ordered to make restitution in the amount of $70,000 (of which $1,775 has already been repaid) and pay a $100 special assessment. Additionally, Roles was ordered to undergo drug and alcohol evaluation. On October 6, 2008, Roles pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $76,420. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Pittsburgh District Office.
January 30th, 2009On January 30, 2009, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, Eugene Huss, former Area Vice President of Steelworkers Local 20 (located in Kaukauna, Wis.), was ordered to make restitution in the amount of $2,000 and pay a $100 fine. On October 22, 2008, Huss pled guilty to two counts of falsification of union records. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Milwaukee District Office.
December 16th, 2008On December 16, 2008, in the United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio, Kenneth Saltz, Jr., former President of the Steelworkers Local 1124 (located in Massillon, Ohio), was sentenced to six months home confinement with electronic monitoring and two years probation. On September 30, 2008, Saltz plead guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $15,809.03 after making restitution. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office.
November 26th, 2008On November 26, 2008, in the District Court of St. Louis County, Minnesota, Kathleen Kordish, former Financial Secretary of Steelworkers Local 9349 (located in Hibbing, Minn.), was sentenced to incarceration for 1 year and 1 day (stayed for 3 years of probation) and 45 days of electronic monitoring and ordered to pay a $1,085 fine and $19, 926.15 in restitution. On October 22, 2008, Kordish had pled guilty to one felony count of theft by false representation in excess of $2,500. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Minneapolis Resident Investigator Office.
November 12th, 2008On November 12, 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.), was sentenced to two years probation, a $1,000 fine, a $200 special assessment and ordered to make restitution in the amount of $7,300. On August 22, 2008, Sanders pled guilty to two counts of embezzling union funds in the amount of $762.48. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Milwaukee District Office.
October 7th, 2008On October 7, 2008, in the Trial Court of Berrien County, Michigan, Michael LaPorte, former Secretary-Treasurer of Steelworkers Local 430 (located in Niles, Mich.), was sentenced to 90 days of electronic monitoring and ordered to pay a $550 fine. LaPorte had previously made restitution in the amount of $1,080. On October 3, 2008, LaPorte pled guilty to one count of embezzlement of $200 or more but less than $1,000. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit District Office.
October 2nd, 2008On October 2, 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.), was sentenced to one day of probation, ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $6,584.65 and a special assessment of $100. On June 27, 2008, Wing pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the same amount. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit District Office.
July 29th, 2008On July 29, 2008, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, William D. Day Sr., former Treasurer of Steelworkers Local 1-1462 (located in Cincinnati, Ohio), was sentenced to three years probation, ordered to serve 180 days home detention, pay restitution in the amount of $2,320.56 and pay a $100 special assessment. Day previously made restitution in the amount of $7,020.32. On March 12, 2008, Day pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $11,140.88. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
July 22nd, 2008On July 22, 2008, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Deborah Anthony, former Financial Secretary of Steelworkers Local 1196 (located in Brackenridge, Pa.), was sentenced to five years probation, ordered to serve one year home detention and pay restitution in the amount of $34,134.47. On March 14, 2008, Anthony pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $1,245.45. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Pittsburgh District Office.
July 18th, 2008On July 18, 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.), was sentenced to five years probation, ordered to make restitution in the amount of $11,509.85 and pay a $100 special assessment fee.On April 16, 2008, Van Handel pled guilty to embezzling union funds in the amount of $11,500. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Milwaukee District Office.
June 16th, 2008On June 16, 2008 in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Kurt Swanstrom, former Financial Secretary of Steelworkers Local 5-1560 (located in Ashland, Ohio), was sentenced to three years probation, ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $12,327.52 and a $150 special assessment. On March 31, 2008, Swanstrom pled guilty to embezzling union funds, falsification of records, and filing false financial reports. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office.
May 15th, 2008On May 15, 2008, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, Carolyn M. Wallace, former President of Steelworkers Local 02-356 (located in Milwaukee, Wis.), was sentenced to180 days home confinement, five years probation, $100 special assessment, drug treatment and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $19,436.02. Wallace previously paid restitution in the amount of $7,000. On February 8, 2008, Wallace pled guilty to embezzling union funds in the amount of $25,200. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Milwaukee District Office.
February 28th, 2008On February 28, 2008, in the United States District Court for the Western District of New York, William Drake, former President of Steelworkers Local 1013T, was sentenced to two years supervised probation, ordered to perform 260 hours of community service, ordered to make restitution in the amount of $3,497.06, and fined $500. On November 28, 2007, Drake pled guilty to knowingly failing to disclose material facts on the local’s annual financial report for years 2001, 2002, and 2003. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Buffalo District Office.
February 22nd, 2008On February 22, 2008, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, Ronald Schweitzer, former President of Steelworkers Local 1967, was sentenced to time served (three days), three years supervised release, ten months home detention, and ordered to pay restitution and a $100 special assessment for embezzling union funds in the amount of $58,308.30. On October 29, 2007, Schweitzer pled guilty to embezzling union funds in the amount of $58,305. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
January 14th, 2008On January 14, 2008, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, Terry Howell, former President of Steelworkers Local 8-505, was sentenced to three years supervised probation, including six months of house arrest, ordered to pay restitution, and fined $2,000 for embezzling $13,210 in union funds. On October 26, 2007, Howell pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the same amount. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
November 14th, 2007On November 14, 2007, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Alan Raines, former Financial Secretary of Steelworkers Local 1358, was sentenced to 24 months in prison, two years of supervised release, ordered to pay a special assessment of $100, and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $145,823.92. Raines had previously paid over $128,000 in restitution. On July 11, 2007, Raines pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $274,262.38. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit District Office.
August 15th, 2007On August 15, 2007, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Claudia R. Thompson, former President of PACE (now Steelworkers) Local 513, was sentenced to one year of probation, ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $26,201.68, and ordered to attend a substance abuse program. On May 15, 2007, Thompson pled guilty to one count of willfully making false entries in financial records to conceal her embezzlement of union funds in the same amount. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit District Office.
July 7th, 2007On July 7, 2007, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, Larry Haislip, former Financial Secretary of Steelworkers Local 09-7509-S, was sentenced to six months probation, ordered to pay a special assessment of $100.00, and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $49,428.78. On January 23, 2007, Haislip pled guilty to one count of embezzlement of labor organization funds in the amount of $1,702.97. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Nashville District Office.
June 12th, 2007On June 12, 2007, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Linda Holden, former Financial Secretary-Treasurer of Steelworkers Local 639 (formerly PACE Local 6-639), was ordered to serve a two-year probationary sentence that includes 180 days of home confinement. Holden was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $74,090.09, a special assessment of $100, and to continue counseling. On August 29, 2006, Holden pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the same amount. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit District Office.
September 19th, 2006On September 19, 2006, in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, Michael Iasevoli, former Financial Secretary of Steelworkers (formerly PACE) Local 745, was sentenced to 24 months in prison followed by three years supervised release and ordered to pay restitution to the local in the amount of $138,000 and a special assessment of $100. On June 19, 2006, Iasevoli pled guilty to embezzling union funds in the amount of $138,000. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS New Haven Resident Investigator Office.
June 12th, 2006On June 12, 2006, in the Tuscaloosa County Prosecutorial District of Alabama, Peter Bush, former bookkeeper for Steelworkers Local 09-1071L, pled guilty to six counts of forgery, six counts of possession of a forged instrument, and one count of theft of property. Bush was sentenced to three years supervised probation and ordered to pay $2,061 in restitution to the local and a $50 fine. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Nashville District Office.
May 12th, 2006On May 12, 2006, in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Jefferson Circuit Court, Joseph J. Brady, former Financial Secretary for Steelworkers Local 1693, was sentenced to five years probation for theft by unlawful taking. He was ordered to pay restitution of $10,982.15 and a fine of $1,000. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
December 13th, 2005On December 13, 2005, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, Peggy Darlene Shortt, former President of Steelworkers Local 14459, was sentenced to three years probation and ordered to pay a fine of $2,000. On September 2, 2005, Shortt pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds totaling $15,842.17. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office.
October 11th, 2005On October 11, 2005, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Christopher Henry, former Financial Secretary of Steelworkers Local 02-9264, was sentenced to two years of probation and fifty hours of community service. He was ordered to make restitution to the union in the amount of $5,210.49 and to pay a $25 special assessment. Henry pled guilty to making false entries in union records on April 25, 2005. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit District Office.
July 29th, 2005On July 29, 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, was sentenced to five years probation for embezzlement. As a condition of probation, Palmer was ordered to successfully participate in six months of home detention and perform 120 hours of community service. Prior to sentencing, she made $21,499.00 in restitution. On April 18, 2005, Palmer pled guilty to embezzling union funds following an investigation by the OLMS Kansas City Resident Office.
July 8th, 2005On July 8, 2005, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Sonya R. Green, former financial secretary of Local 3657, Steelworkers, was sentenced to ten months incarceration (five months in a correctional facility followed by five months home detention with an electronic monitor). In addition, Green was sentenced to three years probation and ordered to make restitution in the amount of $39,879.95. On April 15, 2005, Green pled guilty to one count of embezzlement following an investigation by the OLMS Pittsburgh District Office.
March 23rd, 2005On March 23, 2005, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama, Otis Johnson, Jr., former financial secretary of Local 9-9361-S, United Steelworkers, was sentenced to five years supervised probation and ordered to make restitution in the amount of $9,638.59. He pled guilty to embezzlement on December 15, 2004, following an investigation by the OLMS Nashville District Office.
October 7th, 2004On October 7, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, Rita Cloud, former financial secretary of Steelworkers Local 09-13314-S was sentenced to two years probation; she must serve the first six months of her sentence in home detention. In addition, Cloud was ordered to pay a $2,000 fine and to perform 100 hours of community service. She previously made restitution. On June 28, 2004, she pled guilty to one count of embezzling $16,988 of union funds following an investigation by the OLMS New Orleans 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.
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.
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.
October 29th, 2003On October 29, 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 sentenced to two years probation for embezzling $4,309.40 in union funds. He pled guilty on August 6, 2003, following an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland 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.
June 27th, 2003On June 27, 2003, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Enner Rae Edwards, former treasurer of Steelworkers Local 1-3586-S, was sentenced to two years probation and fined $500 after pleading guilty on April 3, 2003, to embezzling $1,741.53 in union funds following an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office.
June 27th, 2003On June 27, 2003, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Cynthia Barner, former financial secretary of Steelworkers Local 1-3586-S, was sentenced to two years probation and fined $500 after pleading guilty on April 3, 2003, to embezzling $1,751.53 in union funds following an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office.
June 19th, 2003On June 19, 2003, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Trina Tarantine, former financial secretary of Steelworkers Local 3944, was sentenced to one year supervised probation, ordered to make complete restitution of $9,239.05, and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and a special court assessment of $25. Tarantine pled guilty to making false entries in required union records following an investigation by the OLMS Atlanta 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 29th, 2003On May 29, 2003, in the United State District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Delbert Steward, former president of Steelworkers Local 02-1279, was sentenced to three years probation and ordered to pay $9,578 in restitution. Steward was also ordered to draft and post a letter of apology to the union and pay a $100 special assessment. Steward pled guilty to embezzling $9,578 in union funds on August 22, 2002 following an investigation by the OLMS Detroit 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 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.
October 28th, 2002On October 28, 2002, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, Edward Ramsey, former president of Steelworkers Local 9336, was sentenced to four years probation and six months home detention. He was ordered to make full restitution in the amount of $5,065.76. He had pled guilty on July 12, 2002, following a joint investigation by the OLMS Pittsburgh District Office and the Department of Labor's Office of the Inspector General, Roanoke Office.
October 25th, 2002On October 25, 2002, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, William E. Fricker, former president of Steelworkers Local 9336, was sentenced to four years probation and six months home detention. He was ordered to make full restitution in the amount of $6,372.29. He had pled guilty on July 12, 2002, following a joint investigation by the OLMS Pittsburgh District Office and the Department of Labor's Office of the Inspector General, Roanoke Office.
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.
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.
April 15th, 2002On April 15, 2002, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, Michelle Arington, former bookkeeper of Steelworkers Local 9-194-L, was sentenced to five years probation and was ordered to make restitution of $5,707. As a special condition of probation, she must disclose her conviction to any employer for whom she is handling funds. She had earlier pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds and one count of making false entries in required union records following an investigation by the OLMS Nashville District Office.
February 13th, 2002On February 13, 2002, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Stephen M. Hanlon, former secretary-treasurer of Steelworkers Local 01-4564-S, was sentenced to six months home confinement with electronic monitoring and five years probation and was ordered to make restitution of $21,657.58. He had pled guilty on November 16, 2001, to embezzling union funds following an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office.
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.
September 7th, 2001On September 7, 2001, in the United States District Court for the U.S. Virgin Islands, Timothy Daley, former office secretary for Steelworkers Local 8248, was sentenced to 14 months incarceration with three years probation and was ordered to make restitution to the union of $11,280.13. He had earlier pled guilty to embezzling union funds following an investigation by the OLMS Atlanta District Office.