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  • Labor Racket Weekly: Thievery and Fraud Abound

    Posted on Sep 22, 2017 by Team

    Every week, we bring you unfortunate examples of union corruption. Here’s more: In California, Edward Padilla, former Secretary-Treasurer/Business Manager of Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) Local 220, was sentenced to 21 months of imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release. Padilla was also ordered to pay $168,780 in restitution and a $100 special assessment. On March 27th, […]

  • Labor Racket Weekly: More Money, More Problems

    Posted on Sep 08, 2017 by Team

    Each week, we bring you more cases of union corruption. Here are this week’s best rackets: In Maine, Ryan Jones, former secretary-treasurer of Local S6 Machinists Union pled guilty to embezzlement charges. Jones made 199 unauthorized withdrawals totaling $280,000. He faces up to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. In Michigan, Virdell King, former associate director of […]

  • Labor Racket Weekly: The Indictments Continue

    Posted on Aug 24, 2017 by Team

    In union America, corruption is just another day at the office. Here are this week’s best of the worst: In Michigan, Jerome Durden, former Financial Analyst at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), former Controller of the United Auto Workers (UAW)-Chrysler National Training Center (NTC), and former Treasurer of the Board of Trustees of the Leave the Light On […]

  • Labor Racket Weekly: Fraud, Fountain Pens, and a Ferrari

    Posted on Aug 15, 2017 by Team

    Every week, we bring you the most egregious and sometimes ridiculous tales of union corruption. This week is no exception, with numerous fraud counts and even a Ferrari involved: In Indiana, Thomas Rodgers, former General Chairman of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART) General Committee of Adjustment (GCA) 247, was charged in an information with a level […]

  • Labor Racket Weekly: Cooked Books and Union Crooks

    Posted on Aug 04, 2017 by Team

    This week’s union rackets will blow your mind. In Alabama, Michael Lackey, former President of Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 3901, was sentenced to one year and one day in prison and three years of supervised probation. He was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $69,193. On January 31, 2017, Lackey pled guilty […]

  • Labor Racket Weekly: Money on the Streets, Not in Union Treasuries

    Posted on Jul 28, 2017 by Team

    This week’s rackets include more embezzlement charges from across the country: In Delaware, Lon Sullivan, former Treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 644, was sentenced to three years of probation and 200 hours of community service, and he was ordered to pay the remaining balance of restitution in the amount $59,809. Sullivan previously paid $37,000 in […]

  • Labor Racket Weekly: More Union Corruption on the Newswires

    Posted on Jul 07, 2017 by Team

    As the smoke clears from the 4th of July weekend, more union corruption has appeared on the newswires. Here are this week’s best rackets: In Ohio, Arthur W. Boedecker, former Vice President of Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA) Local 270, pled guilty to one count of aggravated theft from a union. On the same date, Boedecker […]

  • Labor Racket Weekly: The Hunt For a Union Bookkeeper

    Posted on Jun 30, 2017 by Team

    This week’s cast of characters is uniquely corrupt, and in one case, on the run. In Michigan, Stephanie Marie DeBoer was a bookkeeper and office manager of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 876 before she was indicted on a charge of embezzlement and theft of union funds. Federal authorities are trying to track down the former union […]