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Unions In the News - December 2014

BLET Secretary in Chicago Charged with Records Fraud; Pleads Guilty - The National Legal and Policy Center reported on Dec. 31 that former secretary-treasurer of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen Division 474, Kimberly Hesla, pled guilty in U.S. District Court on Nov. 3 to falsifying financial records for the union.
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- National Legal and Policy Center

Kansas City, Mo. AFSCME President Pleads Guilty to Fraud. - The National Legal and Policy Center reported on Dec 19 that former president of AFSCME Local 1707, Jesse Morgan, pled guilty on Oct. 7 in U.S. District Court to one count of wire fraud against the union. Morgan was indicted in February 2014 on 29 counts of fraud in connection to his embezzlement of at least $185,000 from the union in his four years as president.
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- National Legal and Policy Center

Bakery Workers Office Assistant in Denver Sentenced for Embezzlement - The National Legal and Policy Center reported on Dec. 19 that Mary Grace Gossett - former office assistant for Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers & Grain Millers Local 24 - was sentenced in U.S. District Court on Oct. 9 to pay $41,622 in restitution and serve five years of probation after pleading guilty in July to embezzling from the Denver union.
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- National Legal and Policy Center

Police: Ex-union head stole from Las Cruces chapter- The Albuquerque Journal reported on Dec. 12 that former president of the local AFSCME chapter, Eric Simon, was arrested on Dec. 11 and charged with 53 counts of forgery and one count of embezzling more than $2,500. Between Dec. 9, 2013 and Aug. 22, 2014, Simon cashed 53 forged checks from the union totalling $17,107.24
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- abqjournal.com

St. Louis-area labor union leader sentenced to 21 months prison for embezzlement. - The Associated Press reported on Dec. 10 that Anthony Davis, former president of National Postal Mail Handlers Union Local 314 was sentenced in U.S. District Court to one year and nine months in prison - in addition to being ordered to pay full restitution - for embezzling more that $40,000 in union funds. Davis stole the funds by submitting fake invoices to the union and pocketing and reimbursements.
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- Associated Press

Security Union Treasurer in Washington, D.C. Sentenced for Fraud- The National Legal and Policy Center reported on Dec 10 that former secretary-treasurer of the National Union of Protective Services Associations, Patricia Moore, was sentenced on Sept. 30 in U.S. District Court to 150 days of home confinement and four years of probation for conspiracy to commit wire fraud from two unions. Moore was also ordered to pay $107, 346 in restitution.
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- National Legal and Policy Center

Ex-longshoreman supervisor sentenced in Christmas time tribute scheme - The Staten Island Advance reported on Dec. 10 that Michael Nicolosi was sentenced to eight months in prison, four months of home confinement, two years of supervised release, and fined $5,000 for conspiring to extort Christmas time tributes from members of Local 1235 of the International Longshoremen's Association. Nicolosi was accused of threatening violence and using force to secure members "Container Royalty Fund" checks, which are forms of year-end compensation.
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- The Staten Island Advance

East Texas Auto Workers Local President Pleads Guilty- The National Legal and Policy Center reported on Dec. 10 that Jerry Ragster, former president of United Auto Workers Local 3057, pled guilty on Sept. 30 to stealing $3,372 from the union. As part of his plea, Ragster also made full restitution.
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- National Legal and Policy Center

Locomotive Engineers Secretary-Treasurer in Kansas Pleads Guilty - The National Legal and Policy Center reported on Dec. 9 that Dale Hull, former secretary-treasurer for Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers Division 261, pled guilty on Sept. 29 in U.S. District Court to one count of embezzling funds from the Kansas union. Hull was indicted in July 20145 on five counts of embezzling more than $14,000.
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- National Legal and Policy Center

 

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