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.
April 22nd, 2014
On April 22, 2014, in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, Britta Duncan, former Treasurer of International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 5 (located in Portland, Ore.), was sentenced to eight months of home detention, five years of probation, mental health counseling, and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $43,183 and a $500 fine. On October 8, 2013, Duncan pled guilty to three counts of embezzling union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c), and two counts of falsifying union records, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(c). The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Seattle District Office.
April 1st, 2009
On April 1, 2009, in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, Rosa Miriam Della Porta, former bookkeeper of International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 26 (located in Los Angeles, Calif.), was found guilty of embezzling union funds. On August 8, 2008, Della Porta was indicted on one count of embezzling approximately $108,000 in union funds. The verdict follows an investigation by the OLMS Los Angeles District Office.
February 10th, 2006
On February 10, 2006, in the United States District Court for the District of Alaska, James Jackson, former Treasurer for Longshore and Warehouse Union, Local 200, Unit 62, pled guilty to embezzlement and was sentenced to one to three years probation. On September 12, 2005, Jackson was indicted for embezzling union funds totaling $12,934. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Seattle District Office.
June 12th, 2002
On June 12, 2002, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, Robin Neither, former bookkeeper for Longshore & Warehouse Union Local 10, was sentenced to five years probation and six months home confinement with electronic monitoring and was ordered to pay full restitution of $42,487. Neither had earlier pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds following an investigation by the OLMS San Francisco District Office.