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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October 28th, 2010On October 28, 2010, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, Robbin R. Wolff, former Bookkeeper of Auto Workers Local 383 (located in Benton Harbor, MI), was sentenced to 24 months of imprisonment for embezzling union funds and 12 months of imprisonment for falsifying union records; the time is to be served concurrently. Upon release from imprisonment, Wolff will be on supervised release for a period of two years for the former offense and one year for the latter offense; the time is to be served concurrently. Wolff was ordered to pay restitution of $200,397.69 and a special assessment of $125. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit 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.
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.
December 18th, 2007On December 18, 2007, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa, James Ireland, former Financial Secretary for the United Auto Workers Local 1672, was indicted on one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $3,662. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS St. Louis District 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.
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.
April 7th, 2006On April 7, 2006, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Mary Levan, former Financial Secretary for United Auto Workers Local 1224, was sentenced to three years probation and 50 hours of community service for embezzling $5,791.10 in union funds. Levan was also ordered to make full restitution to the local. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland 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.
December 22nd, 2005On December 22, 2005, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Linda Hoselton, former Recording Secretary for United Auto Workers Local 282, was indicted on one count of embezzling union funds totaling $1,444.50. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS St. Louis 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.
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.
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 26th, 2004On May 26, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, Sandra Linder, former financial secretary for Auto Workers Local 1317, was indicted on one count of embezzling more than $10,000 in union funds. The indictment follows 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.
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.
January 29th, 2004On January 29, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Jose Delgadillo, former financial secretary-treasurer of Auto Workers LU 1066, was indicted on one count of embezzling $12,185 in union funds and one count of making a false entry. Delgadillo allegedly forged the signature of another officer on a union check and converted the proceeds. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago 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.
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 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 28th, 2002On October 28, 2002, in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, George Wright, Jr., former financial secretary of Auto Workers Local 267, was sentenced to six months house arrest and five years probation. He was ordered to make full restitution in the amount of $19,206. He had been indicted for embezzlement of union funds on October 30, 2001, following an investigation by the OLMS New York 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.
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 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.
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.