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  • Labor Racket Weekly: Cross-Country Corruption Continues

    Posted on May 26, 2017 by Team

    Corruption. Embezzlement. Allegedly unauthorized cash withdrawals. Here are this week’s best labor rackets: In Arkansas, Jeni May Hughes, former office manager for Plumbers Local 155, pled guilty to embezzling $428,874 in union funds. In Iowa, Curtis Lang, former President of the United Dairy Workers of LeMars, pled guilty to one count of embezzlement. On March 22, 2017, Lang was […]

  • Labor Racket Weekly: $71,523 in Dues for “Personal Use”

    Posted on May 18, 2017 by Team

    Union dues are being used for union leaders’ personal benefits, not members’ benefits. Here are this week’s best rackets: In Illinois, Thomas M. Miller, former Secretary-Treasurer of Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) Division 815, was charged with embezzling approximately $10,686 in union funds. In Rhode Island, Christopher Hayes, former Rhode Island Police Department Sergeant and former […]

  • Labor Racket Weekly: Embezzling Galore!

    Posted on May 12, 2017 by Team

    Another week and another set of union bosses allegedly or actually stealing members’ money. This week’s list of offenders goes from coast to coast. Here are the best rackets: In Pennsylvania, Raymond C. Ventrone, former business manager for International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Local 154, was charged with one count of embezzling approximately $1,499,000 in union funds and five counts of income […]

  • Labor Racket Weekly: More Embezzlement Ensues

    Posted on Apr 19, 2017 by Team

    As union funds disappear, more union bosses are being charged with embezzlement. Here are this week’s craziest rackets: In Connecticut, Andrew Thibodeau, former Secretary-Treasurer of International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) Local Lodge 1433, was charged in a one-count information for embezzling union funds exceeding $70,000. Thibodeau pled guilty to the charge. In Ohio, David Sager, […]

  • Labor Racket Weekly: Thousands Of Dollars In Restitution Payments

    Posted on Apr 14, 2017 by Team

    When union dues are collected, the money can end up deep in union bosses’ pockets. This week, we have more examples of labor rackets from across the country: In Virginia, William Dixon, former Secretary-Treasurer of International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Local 2014, was sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to undergo counseling and drug treatment. Dixon was […]

  • Labor Racket Weekly: $275,000 in Allegedly Stolen Money—and Kickbacks, Too!

    Posted on Apr 06, 2017 by Team

    Another day, another series of union fails. Here are this week’s craziest union rackets: In New York, Johnnie Miranti, former Secretary-Treasurer of Toy and Novelty Workers Local 223, was sentenced to eight months of imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay $138,500 in forfeiture and a $5,000 fine. At his sentencing, the court […]

  • Labor Racket Weekly: $360,000 In Stolen Money and Other Shenanigans

    Posted on Mar 22, 2017 by Team

    Another week and more stories of union bosses swindling their members’ dues money. Below are this week’s best rackets: In New York, Brian W. Scott, former President and Business Manager of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 503, was sentenced to one year and a day in federal prison followed by two years of […]

  • Labor Racket Weekly: $2 Million in Stolen Money—Alleged and Actual

    Posted on Mar 15, 2017 by Team

    Curious where union dues go? Sometimes, they go straight into union bosses’ pockets. Below are this week’s best rackets: In Delaware, Lon Sullivan, former Treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 644, was charged with one count of wire fraud in the amount of $8,647. He pled guilty to the charge and agreed to pay $96,809 in […]