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

shutterstock_547250767Another 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 also denied Miranti’s petition requesting more lenient terms of probation. (Miranti wanted to be exempted from a ban on holding union positions for 13 years after release.) Why the harsh punishment? In August, Miranti pled guilty to Conspiracy to Solicit and Receive Kickbacks to Influence the Operation of an Employee Benefit Plan.
  • In Iowa, Curtis Dean Lang, former President for the United Dairy Workers of LeMars, was indicted on one count of embezzling $45,040 in union funds.
  • In Missouri, Monique Tyson, former office secretary for Painters District Council 3, pled guilty to one count of falsifying union records. Tyson falsified entries in the union’s cash receipts journal to hide her embezzlement of anywhere between $7,500 and $20,864.
  • In Rhode Island, Christopher Hayes, former President of Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Local Lodge 8, was charged in a one-count information with wire fraud in the amount of $71,523.

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