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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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August 17th, 2016On August 17, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, Michael R. Bennett, former President of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 2317 (located in Lafayette, Ind.), was charged in a six-count indictment with three counts of wire fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1343, and three counts of embezzling union funds totaling approximately $4,500, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.
March 22nd, 2016On March 22, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois, Bob Buford, former President of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 2419 (located in Danville, Ill.), was indicted on one count of mail fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1341, for concealing his embezzlement of approximately $28,697 from the unionÕs savings account during 2010. In addition, Buford was indicted on one count of filing a false report, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(b), with respect to the filing of the unionÕs LM-3 report for fiscal year ending December 31, 2010. The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Chicago 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.
March 4th, 2015On March 4, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, Shreveport Division, Gregory J. Hill, Jr., former Vice President of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 2297 (formerly located in Shreveport, La.), was charged in a nine-count indictment. Hill was charged with one count of aiding and abetting an embezzlement of over $12,000 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c) and 18 U.S.C. 2; one count of conspiracy to forge securities and embezzle money from a labor organization, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 371; and seven counts of uttering forged checks, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 513(a). The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.
March 4th, 2015On March 4, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana Shreveport Division, Danny L. Rawls, former member of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 2297 (formerly located in Shreveport, La.), was charged in a nine-count indictment. Rawls was charged with one count of aiding and abetting an embezzlement of over $12,000 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c) and 18 U.S.C. 2; three counts of uttering forged checks in violation of 18 U.S.C. 513(a); and one count of conspiracy to forge securities and embezzle money from a labor organization, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 371. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.
April 28th, 2014On April 28, 2014, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Udean Forbes-Payton, former Financial Secretary of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 2500 (located in Detroit, Mich.), was charged with embezzling $5,562 in union funds between December 2006 and May 2011, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c), and falsifying union records, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(c). The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Detroit-Milwaukee District Office and the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General.
December 3rd, 2013On December 3, 2013, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Eastern Division, an information was filed charging Kristie McClarren, former Financial Secretary-Treasurer of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 3061 (located in Crestline, Ohio), with one count of embezzling $152,639, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The charge follows a joint investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati-Cleveland District Office and DOL’s Office of Inspector General.
April 9th, 2013On April 9, 2013, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Western Division, Patricia Race, former President of United Auto Workers Local 959 (located in Fremont, Ohio), was sentenced to six months probation and was ordered to pay a $250 fine. On November 21, 2012, an information was filed charging Race with one count of filing a false LM-3 report. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office.
January 7th, 2013On January 7, 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.), was charged in a one-count information with embezzlement of union funds in the amount of $25,699.53, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
November 21st, 2012On November 21, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Western Division, Patricia Race, former President of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 959 (located in Fremont, Ohio), was charged in a one-count indictment with knowingly failing to disclose a material fact in the union’s annual financial report Form LM-3, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(b). The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland 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 14th, 2012On August 14, 2012, in the Berrien County, Michigan Circuit Court, a criminal complaint was filed charging Linda Caldwell, former Financial Secretary of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 383 (located in Benton Harbor, Mich.), with one count of embezzlement from a non-profit organization of $200 or more but less than $1,000. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit District Office.
June 27th, 2012On June 27, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Dennis Clayton, former Financial Secretary of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 708 (located in Durand, Mich.), was charged in a one-count information with making false entries in union records by preparing and submitting false lost time vouchers resulting in him receiving $1,186.80 to which he was not entitled, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(c). The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit District Office.
June 27th, 2012On June 27, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Linda Purdy, former President of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 708 (located in Durand, Mich.), was charged in a one-count information with making false entries in union records by preparing and submitting false lost time vouchers resulting in her receiving $2,787.40 to which she was not entitled, in violation of 29 U.S.C. Section 439(c). The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit District Office.
April 17th, 2012On April 17, 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.), was charged in a one-count information for making false entries in the union records during the years 2005 through 2008, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(c). The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
January 25th, 2011On January 25, 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 charged in a one-count information with making a false entry in union records, in violation of 29 U.S.C. Section 439(c). The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia 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.
September 4th, 2009On September 4, 2009, in the Huron County (Mich.) District Court, a felony complaint was filed charging Christine Pawlowski, former Financial Secretary of Auto Workers Local 812 (located in Harbor Beach, Mich.), with one count of embezzlement of $1,000 or more but less than $20,000. The charge 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 22nd, 2006On May 22, 2006, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, Georgia McNish, former Financial Secretary for United Auto Workers Local 1853, was sentenced to two years probation, assessed a fine of $5,000 and a special assessment of $25, and was ordered to complete 50 hours of community service. McNish previously made restitution of $10,000 to the local. On November 29, 2005, McNish was charged with knowingly making a false statement in a labor organization annual report in order to conceal her embezzlement of $10,000 in local union funds. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Nashville District Office.
November 29th, 2005On November 29, 2005, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, a one-count information was filed against Georgia K. McNish, former Financial Secretary for United Auto Workers Local Union 1853, charging her with knowingly making a false statement in a labor organization annual report in order to conceal her embezzlement of $10,000 in local union funds. The information follows an investigation by the OLMS Nashville 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.
June 23rd, 2004On June 23, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Michael G. Kmit, former financial secretary of United Autoworkers Local 2562, was charged with embezzling $10,953.50 in union funds. The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland 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, 2004On February 18, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, an information was filed against Jerome M. Smith, former financial-secretary of United Auto Workers Local 933, charging him with embezzling $30,000 in union funds. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
August 5th, 2003On August 5, 2003, in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, David Westgate, former President of United Auto Workers Local 168, was indicted on 68 counts of embezzling $31,867 in union funds. The charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS Boston 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.
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 17th, 2002On September 17, 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, was charged 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.
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.
July 24th, 2002On July 24, 2002, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Martin Mone, former financial secretary of Auto Workers Local 1052, was indicted on charges of embezzling $6,264.97 in union funds and falsifying union records. The charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office.
April 17th, 2002On April 17, 2002, in Marion County (Indiana) state court, James M. Johnson, former president of Auto Workers Local 361, was charged in a one-count information with theft for embezzling approximately $4,150 in union funds. The charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
March 29th, 2002On March 29, 2002, in Cuyahoga County (Ohio) court, Rollie McHugh, former financial secretary of Auto Workers Local 2358, was indicted on one count of theft, two counts of forgery, two counts of uttering, and two counts of tampering with records for embezzling between $500 and $5,000. The charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office.
December 17th, 2001On December 17, 2001, in Wayne County (Indiana) Superior Court, Priscilla Crist, former president of Auto Workers Local 2374, was indicted for forgery and theft of $4,092. The charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.
December 7th, 2001On December 7, 2001, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, a criminal complaint was signed charging Isador Hampton and Willie Lyons, former president and financial secretary, respectively, of Auto Workers Local 825, with embezzling union funds. The charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS Detroit 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.
October 5th, 2001On October 5, 2001, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa, Terrance P. Baldridge, former secretary-treasurer of United Auto Workers Local 1349, was charged in a one-count indictment with embezzling $1,150 in union funds. The charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS St. Louis District Office.