Plasterers & Cement Masons
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 30th, 2015||On September 30, 2015, in the Superior Court of California, County of Alameda, Maria Del Cupolo, former Bookkeeper for International Association of Operative Plasterers and Cement Masons (OPCMIA) Local 300 (located in Oakland, Calif.), pled guilty to a single count of grand theft with an excessive loss over $65,000, in violation of California Penal Code 487(a). Del Cupolo was then sentenced to five years of probation and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $96,842. On December 2, 2015, Del Cupolo received an additional sentence of one year in Santa Rita County jail. The guilty plea and sentencing follow an investigation by the OLMS San Francisco-Seattle District Office.|
|September 25th, 2013||On September 25, 2013, in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Suffolk County District Court, Linda Weed, former office secretary for Plasterers & Cement Masons Local 534 (located in Dorchester, Mass.), pled to sufficient facts and a Continuance Without a Finding of one count of Larceny of Property over $250, in violation of Massachusetts General Law, C. 266, s. 30. Weed was then sentenced to one month of probation and was ordered to make restitution in the amount of $7,294. The plea and sentencing follow an investigation by the OLMS Boston District Office.|
|January 27th, 2005||On January 27, 2005, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, Debbie Samples, former bookkeeper of Local 809, Plasterers and Cement Masons, was sentenced to serve five months in community confinement followed by three years of supervised probation for embezzling union funds. She was ordered to pay a $400 special assessment and make restitution after forfeiture in the amount of $2,400. Samples was convicted on August 11, 2004, following an investigation by the OLMS Dallas District Office.|
|April 21st, 2003||On April 21, 2003, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, John Mylek II, former treasurer of Plasterers and Cement Masons Local 886, was sentenced to two years probation and was prohibited from using any credit cards unless cleared through the Probation Department. He was also fined $500. He had pled guilty to one count of embezzling $7,551.28 in union funds and one count of embezzling $675 in employee benefit plan funds. The charges had been brought following a joint investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office, the Department of Labor's Office of the Inspector General, and the FBI.|