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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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May 5th, 2016On May 5, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, Gregory J. Hill, Jr., former Vice President of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 2297 (formerly located in Shreveport, La.), was sentenced to four years of probation and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $12,232. On January 21, 2016, Hill pled guilty to one count of Uttering-Forgery, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 513(a), in the amount of $581. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.
February 17th, 2016On February 17, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, Danny L. Rawls, former member of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 2297 (located in Shreveport, La.), was sentenced to one year of probation and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $3,208. On September 2, 2015, Rawls pled guilty to one count of making a false statement to a Department of Labor Investigator, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1001. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.
January 21st, 2016On January 21, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, Gregory J. Hill, Jr., former Vice President of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 2297 (formerly located in Shreveport, La.), pled guilty to one count of uttering-forgery in the amount of $581, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 513(a). The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.
September 2nd, 2015On September 2, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, Danny L. Rawls, former member of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 2297 (located in Shreveport, La.), pled guilty to one charge of making a false statement to an OLMS investigator, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1001. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.
June 11th, 2015On June 11, 2015, in the Circuit Court of Hancock County, Indiana, Marcia K. Shull, former Financial Secretary of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 661 (located in Greenfield, Ind.), was sentenced to 180 days of house arrest, 550 days of probation, and ordered to pay $168 in fines and costs. Shull previously paid restitution totaling $18,250. On May 7, 2015, Shull pled guilty to one count felony forgery, in violation of IRC 35-43-5-2(b)(1). The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati-Cleveland District Office.
April 22nd, 2014On April 22, 2014, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Kristie McClarren, former Financial Secretary of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 3061 (located in Crestline, Ohio), was sentenced to 18 months of confinement followed by two years of supervised release with standard and special conditions. McClarren was also ordered to make full restitution in the amount of $152,639. On January 17, 2014, McClarren pled guilty to embezzlement of $152,639, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati-Cleveland District Office and the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General.
January 17th, 2014On January 17, 2014, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Kristie McClarren, former Financial Secretary of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 3061 (located in Crestline, Ohio), pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $152,639, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The plea follows a joint investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati-Cleveland District Office and the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General.
May 2nd, 2013On May 2, 2013, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Connie Sayne, former Financial Secretary of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 3050 (located in Hagerstown, Ind.), pled guilty to one count of embezzlement in the amount of $25,699.53, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). Sayne was sentenced the same date to three years probation, six months home monitoring, ordered to make restitution in the amount of $25,699.53, and was fined $100. The guilty plea and sentencing follow an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
April 16th, 2013On April 16, 2013 in the Superior Court of Huntington County, Indiana, Charlotta Hammons, former representative of the United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 2209 (located in Roanoke, Ind.), was sentenced to one year probation, with 120 days on house arrest/electronic monitoring, and ordered to pay various fees and costs totaling $266. Hammons had previously made restitution in the amount of $1329 to the union. On March 5, 2013, Hammons pled guilty to one count of conversion. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.
January 15th, 2013On January 15, 2013, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Joya Mills, former Financial Secretary of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 2500 (located in Detroit, Mich.), was sentenced to one year of probation, 50 hours of community service, and was ordered to pay a $25 special assessment. Mills previously paid restitution in the amount of $11,600. On October 3, 2012, Mills pled guilty to one count of failure to maintain union records, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(a). The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit District Office.
October 3rd, 2012On October 3, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Joya Mills, former Financial Secretary of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 2500 (located in Detroit, Mich.), pled guilty to one count of failure to maintain union records, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(a). On September 20, 2011, Mills was charged with the same offense. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit District Office.
August 24th, 2012On August 24, 2012, in the Berrien County (Mich.) Circuit Court, Linda Caldwell, former Financial Secretary of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 383 (located in Benton Harbor, Mich.), pled guilty to one count of embezzlement from a non-profit organization of $200 or more but less than $1,000. Caldwell was then sentenced to pay a total of $435 in fines, fees, and court and state costs. Caldwell previously paid full restitution of $700. The guilty plea and sentencing follow an investigation by the OLMS Detroit District Office.
May 21st, 2012On May 21, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, Thomas Coffey, former President of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 912 (located in Lexington, Ky.), pled guilty to one count of making false entries in unions records between 2005 and 2008, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(c). Coffey was then sentenced to two years of probation and 100 hours of community service. He was also ordered to make restitution in the amount of $7,358.21 and pay a $25 assessment. The guilty plea and sentencing follow an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
December 6th, 2011On December 6, 2011, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois – Western District, William Kiddell, former Financial Secretary of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 592 (located in Rockford, Ill.), was sentenced to three years probation and was ordered to pay $7,152.18 in restitution. On August 29, 2011, Kiddell pled guilty to making false entries in union records, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(c). The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.
September 30th, 2011On September 30, 2011, in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, James Q. Hunter, former Treasurer of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 1542 (located in Newark, Del.), was sentenced to one year probation and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $1,048.04 and a $25 special assessment. On June 7, 2011, Hunter pled guilty to a one count of making a false statement in union records. The sentencing follows an investigation by OLMS Philadelphia District Office.
August 25th, 2011On August 25, 2011, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Western Division, William R. Kiddell, former Secretary-Treasurer of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 592 (located in Rockford, Ill.), pled guilty to making false entries in union records, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(c). Kiddell agreed to pay restitution of $7,152. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.
June 7th, 2011On June 7, 2011, in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, James Q. Hunter, former Treasurer of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 1542 (located in Newark, Del.), pled guilty to a one-count information for making a false statement in union records, in violation of 29 U.S.C. Section 439(c). The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia District Office.
May 25th, 2011On May 25, 2011, in the Fayette County (Indiana) Superior Court, Jeff Napier, former President of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 151 (located in Connersville, Ind.), pled guilty to theft, a Class D felony, in violation of Indiana State Code 35-43-4-2. As a result of his guilty plea, Napier was sentenced to three years probation, fined $164, was ordered to make restitution in the amount of $3,470, and was barred from holding union office for 13 years. The guilty plea and sentencing follow an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
July 28th, 2010On July 28, 2010, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, Robbin R. Wolff, former bookkeeper of United Autoworkers (UAW) Local 383 (located in Benton Harbor, Mich.), pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $200,397.63 and to one count of falsifying union records. On July 23, 2010, Wolff was charged in an information with the same offenses. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit District Office.
April 12th, 2010On April 12, 2010, in the District Court of Lenawee County, Michigan, Kimberley Smith, former Financial Secretary of Auto Workers Local 2031 (located in Adrian, Mich.), was sentenced to five days in county jail, 15 days at a work release facility and 2 years probation. Smith was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $1,951.87 and a fine of $450. On March 3, 2010, Smith 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.
November 9th, 2009On November 9, 2009, in the 52nd Judicial Circuit Court of Huron County, Michigan, Christine Pawlowski, former Financial Secretary of Auto Workers Local 812 (located in Harbor Beach, Mich.), was sentenced to four months in county jail, 36 months of supervised release, and ordered to pay the remaining balance of restitution owed in the amount of $7,000. On September 28, 2009, Pawlowski pled guilty to one count of embezzlement of $1,000 or more but less than $20,000. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit District Office.
September 28th, 2009On September 28, 2009, in the 52nd Judicial Circuit Court of Huron County (Mich.), Christine Pawlowski, former Financial Secretary of Auto Workers Local 812 (located in Harbor Beach, Mich.), pled guilty to one count of embezzlement of $1,000 or more but less than $20,000. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit District Office.
May 5th, 2009On May 5, 2009, in the Criminal Court for Putnam County, Tennessee, Ronnie L. Scott, former Financial Secretary of Auto Workers Local 2409 (located in Cookeville, Tenn.), pled guilty to the charge of Theft Over $1,000. Subsequently, Scott was sentenced to two years of unsupervised probation. The plea and sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Nashville Office.
May 25th, 2006On May 25, 2006, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Linda Hoselton, former Recording Secretary for United Auto Workers Local 282, was sentenced to two years probation, ordered to pay $1,296.03 in restitution to the local, and assessed a $500 fine. On March 3, 2006, Hoselton pled guilty to embezzling union funds. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS St. Louis District Office.
March 31st, 2006On March 31, 2006, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Loretta Schwenn, former clerical employee of United Auto Workers Region 4, pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $32,040. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.
March 3rd, 2006On March 3, 2006, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Linda Hoselton, former Recording Secretary of United Auto Workers Local 282, pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $1,444.50. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS St. Louis District Office.
April 22nd, 2005On April 22, 2005, in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, Gary Miller, former president of Local 2372, United Auto Workers, was sentenced to three years probation for embezzlement. Miller was ordered to pay a $100.00 fine and restitution totaling $7,947.28. On January 20, 2005, Miller pled guilty to embezzling union funds in excess of $5,000 following an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia District Office.
January 20th, 2005On January 20, 2005, in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, Gary Miller, former president of Local 2372, United Auto Workers, pled guilty to the embezzlement of union funds in excess of $5,000. Miller was indicted on October 12, 2004, following an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia District Office.
November 22nd, 2004On November 22, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Michael Kmit, former financial secretary of Local 2562, Auto Workers (UAW), was sentenced to the following: six months home confinement with electronic monitoring, two years of supervised probation, and random drug testing. In addition, he was ordered to make full restitution of the outstanding balance of $10,953.50. On September 1, 2004, Kmit pled guilty to embezzlement following an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office.
November 19th, 2004On November 19, 2004, in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, David Westgate, former president of Local 168, United Auto Workers, was sentenced to 12 months and one day confinement at a halfway house and two years supervision upon release. In addition, he was ordered to make full restitution of $31,867 according to a court-ordered repayment schedule. In January 2004, Westgate pled guilty to embezzlement of union funds following an investigation by the OLMS Boston District Office.
November 1st, 2004On November 1, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, Sandra H. Linder, former financial secretary-treasurer of Local 1317, Auto Workers, was sentenced to six months of home detention and five years of probation for embezzlement. In addition, she was ordered to pay restitution of $10,219.75 and a $100 assessment. On July 21, 2004, Linder pled guilty to embezzling more than $10,000 in union funds following an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.
September 1st, 2004On September 1, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Michael G. Kmit, former secretary-treasurer of Auto Workers Local 2562, entered a plea change to guilty to the charge of embezzlement. Kmit was indicted on June 23, 2004, on one count of embezzling $10,953.10 in union funds. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office.
July 21st, 2004On July 21, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, Sandra Linder, former financial secretary of Auto Workers Local 1317, entered a plea agreement in which she agreed to plead guilty to one count of embezzling more than $10,000 in union funds. On May 26, 2004, Linder was charged with embezzlement following an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.
May 21st, 2004On May 21, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Jerome M. Smith, former financial secretary of Auto Workers Local 933, pled guilty to a one count information charging him with embezzling $30,000 in union funds. On the same date, Smith was sentenced to six months home detention, three years probation, and 100 hours of community service. He was also ordered to make full restitution to the union. The guilty plea and sentencing follow an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
April 21st, 2004On April 21, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Jose Delgadillo, former financial secretary-treasurer of Auto Workers Local 1066, pled guilty to a one-count superceding information charging him with stealing $12,585 in union funds. Delgadillo was previously indicted on January 29, 2004, on one count of stealing and one count of making false entries. The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.
February 18th, 2003On February 18, 2003, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Isadore Hampton, former president of United Auto Workers Local 835, was sentenced to 180 days home confinement, three years probation, and ordered to pay restitution of $10,389 and a special assessment of $100. Hampton was also ordered to surrender a 17-foot fiberglass boat and a 1974 Dodge to the U.S. Marshals Service so that they might be sold with the proceeds being applied toward his restitution. Hampton pled guilty to embezzling union funds on October 3, 2002, following an investigation by the OLMS Detroit District Office.
January 9th, 2003On January 9, 2003, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, Kim M. Conner, former financial secretary-treasurer of United Auto Workers Local 469, was sentenced to six months imprisonment followed by six months of home confinement and three years of supervised release. Conner was ordered to make full restitution of $54,317.39, pay a special assessment of $125, and perform five days of community service. Conner pled guilty on October 10, 2002 to one count of embezzlement of union funds and one count of filing a false LM-2 report following an investigation by the OLMS Milwaukee District Office.
November 25th, 2002On November 25, 2002 in Marion County (Indiana) Superior Court, James Johnson, former president of Auto Workers Local 36, was sentenced to 365 days in jail with 363 days suspended, and ordered to pay $132 in court costs and $1,000 in fines after pleading guilty to theft and making restitution of $4,167.76. He had pled guilty on November 25, 2002 after being charged on April 17, 2002 in an information filed following an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
November 25th, 2002On November 25, 2002, in Marion County (Indiana) Superior Court, James M. Johnson, former president of Auto Workers Local 361, pled guilty to one count of theft of union funds. An information was filed on April 17, 2002, charging Johnson with one count of theft of $4,167.76 following an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
November 22nd, 2002On November 22, 2002, in the United States District Court for the Northern Division of Ohio, Martin J. Mone, former financial secretary of Auto Workers Local 1052 in Cleveland, Ohio, was sentenced to four years probation and ordered to pay full restitution in the amount of $6,264.97. Mone pled guilty to one count of embezzlement on September 13, 2002 following an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office.
October 10th, 2002On October 10, 2002, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, Kim M. Connor, former financial secretary of United Auto Workers Local 469, pled guilty to an information filed on September 17, 2002 that charged her with one count of embezzling $3,365 in union funds and one count of filing a false LM-2 report. The information also noted that she had embezzled a total of approximately $54,317.19 in union funds. The charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS Milwaukee District Office.
October 3rd, 2002On October 3, 2002, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Isador Hampton, former president of Auto Workers (UAW) Local 835, pled guilty to one count of embezzling $10,389.00 in union funds. Hampton admitted he accepted unauthorized salary and expense payments from the union. The charge was brought following an investigation by the OLMS Detroit District Office.
September 13th, 2002On September 13, 2002, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Martin J. Mone, former financial secretary of Auto Workers Local 1052, pled guilty to embezzling $6,264.97 in union funds. The charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office.
August 27th, 2002On August 27, 2002, in the Superior Court of Wayne County, Indiana, Priscilla Crist, former president of United Auto Workers Local 2374, pled guilty to the embezzlement of $4,092 in union funds. She was sentenced to one year in jail with all but ten days suspended, one year of probation, and ordered to pay court costs and complete full restitution to the union. The charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
March 7th, 2002On March 7, 2002, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa, Terrance P. Baldridge, former secretary-treasurer of Auto Workers Local 1349, was sentenced to 24 months probation, fined $1,000, ordered to perform 100 hours of community service, and ordered to complete restitution to the union. He had pled guilty to embezzling union funds on December 3, 2001, following an investigation by the OLMS St. Louis District Office.
December 3rd, 2001On December 3, 2001, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa, Terrance P. Baldridge, former secretary-treasurer of Auto Workers Local 1349, pled guilty to embezzling union funds. The plea agreement stipulates to a loss amount of $5,307. The charges had been brought on October 5, 2001, following an investigation by the OLMS St. Louis District Office.
November 29th, 2001On November 29, 2001, in Edgar County (Illinois) court, Judith Elaine Cline, former secretary-treasurer of Auto Workers Local 2343, pled guilty to a one-count information charging her with misdemeanor theft of $300. She was sentenced to 12 months of supervised release and ordered to make restitution of $900 to the union. The charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.