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Unions In the News - March 2014

Nine facing charges in ironworkers union fund theft - The Orlando Sentinel reported on March 28 that nine people have been accused by federal authorities of embezzling thousands of dollars from the Ironworkers Local 808 annuity fund. According to criminal complaint filed in Orlando federal court, Angela DeLeon, an employee of Advance Administration Inc., the third-party administrator of the union’s annuity, embezzled roughly $400,000 and wrote 43 checks from the fund to non-members of the union or participants in the fund. While DeLeon was arrested in March 2013 and later sentenced to two years in federal prison, nine other individuals have been named as accepting funds from DeLeon.
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- orlandosentinel.com

Employee of Marine Engineers Beneficial Association Pleads Guilty - The National Legal and Policy Center reported on March 26 that Kenneth Marshall Jr., a Marine Engineers Beneficial Association (MEBA) employee, pled guilty on March 6 to one count of bank theft and one count of aiding and abetting. Marshall cashed two counterfeit checks amounting to $18,851 from the bank account of MEBA District 1.
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- nlpc.org

Oklahoma Carpenters Secretary Sentenced for Embezzlement - The National Legal and Policy Center reported on March 25 that former office secretary for United Brotherhood of Carpenters Local 943, Angela Webster, was sentenced to six years of probation on February 5 and ordered to pay $23,015 in restitution after embezzling from the Tulsa-based union.
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- nlpc.org

SEIU Uses Federal Inspections to Target Houston Small Business - The National Review Online reported on March 24 that on three recent occasions, representatives from the SEIU have accompanied OSHA inspectors to examine sites of Professional Janitorial Services (PJS), the largest non-union janitorial company in Houston. The inspections resulted in at least $14,000 in fines for violations such as a lack of paperwork and on-site informational posters, as well as a minor training violation. Prior to this, PJS had gone more than 26 years without a single OSHA write-up. While third-party agents not affiliated with the employees, or the federal government, are allowed to accompany OSHA inspections, SEIU and PJS have had a rocky relationship over the past seven years. Currently, PJS is suing SEIU for $9 million alleging the union has repeatedly slandered the company.
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- nationalreview.com

Fresno ATU Secretary-Treasurer Sentenced for Embezzlement - The National Legal and Policy Center reported on March 24 that formerly secretary-treasurer of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1027, Adam Raimer, was sentenced on February 3 to five years of probation for embezzlement and access device fraud against the Fresno union amounting to $41,429. Raimer was also ordered to pay the remaining restitution of $18,429 and a $200 special assessment. As a union official, Raimer made unauthorized purchases from April 2006-April 2009. He allegedly bought large-screen TVs, cameras and a GPS navigator with a union account, as well as paid personal cell phone and utility bills with union funds.
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- www.nlpc.org

Letter Carriers Secretary in Alabama Indicted for Embezzlement - The National Legal and Policy Center reported on March 19 that Harold Ray, former secretary of National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Branch 469 and the NALC Alabama State Association, was indicted on January 31 in U.S. District Court for allegedly embezzling $38,565 from the union.
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- nlpc.org

Steelworkers Secretary in Dallas-Fort Worth Area Charged with Theft; Pleads Guilty - The National Legal and Policy Center reported on March 18 that Linda Ryan, former secretary-treasurer of United Steelworkers Local 208, was pled guilty on January 30 to embezzling from the Irving, TX union. Ryan was charged on January 23 in U.S. District Court for allegedly embezzling $54,416.
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- nlpc.org

Former executive assistant gets prison term for embezzlement - The Kansas City Star reported that former executive assistant for the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Angela Heninger, was sentenced on March 17 to 30 months in prison for embezzling roughly $480,000 in union funds from 2006 to early 2012. Heninger, who pleaded guilty in August 2013 and made more than $173,000 in salary and benefits in 2011 working for the union, was also ordered to pay $640,000 in restitution.
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- kansascity.com

Service Employees union fined $205,000 for campaign violation - The Lansing State Journal reported on March 10 that the SEIU has been fined $190,000 by Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson for the way the union supported a 2012 ballot initiative. The second-largest such fine in Michigan’s history, the “penalties are part of a conciliation agreement reached by the Michigan Department of State with Citizens for Affordable Quality Home Care and Home Care First, Inc., two SEIU-funded entities that backed the home health care ballot initiative.” The fine comes as a result of Home Care First filing its committee statement of organization late in order to delay publicly reporting that SEIU contributions provided the main support for the ballot initiative, which cost more than $9 million. The ballot initiative, which was ultimately defeated, would have allowed SEIU to continuing claiming $6-$8 million a year in dues from workers caring for patients on government assistance.
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- lansingstatejournal.com

Ohio Transport Workers Local Secretary Indicted for Theft- The National Legal and Policy Center reported on March 5 that former secretary-treasurer of Transport Workers Union Local 12, Kimberly Williams, was indicted on February 12 in Franklin County, OH for one count of forgery and one count of theft from the Columbus-based union in an amount greater than $1,000 but less than $7,500.
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- nlpc.org

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