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Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees


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.

September 4th, 2003On September 4, 2003, in the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii, Anthony Rutledge, former financial secretary and treasurer of Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Local 5, pled not guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the government and one count of aiding and assisting in filing a false income tax return. He had been indicted on August 20, 2003, following a multiple agency investigation by the OLMS Honolulu Resident Office, Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Labor's Office of the Inspector General and Employment Benefits Security Administration, and several other federal agencies.
October 18th, 2002On October 18, 2002, in the Hamilton County (Ohio) Court of Common Pleas, Michelle Back, former office secretary of Local 12 of the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union, was indicted on one count of theft of union funds and one count of tampering with records. These charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.