Wisconsin Dues Collector Charged with $118,000 Theft

The ex-dues collector for the Milwaukee & So. Wis. Dist. Council of Carpenters was criminally charged Mar. 18 with stealing over $118,000 from the United Bhd. of Carpenters affiliate. Joanne Manojlovic worked for the union seven years and spent the last four as dues collector, seizing dues from eight locals and depositing them into a union bank account. At first, she allegedly took cash from collections then covered what she took. But, she allegedly stopped repaying her takings from Jan. 1996 to Sep. 1998. She faces 10 years in prison. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 3/19/99]

Ex-Boss Admits to Using Union Funds for Golf Expenses
Michael J. Brennan, ex-Iron Workers Political Action League offical, admitted Mar. 19 to spending about $7,000 in union funds on personal expenses at Avenel Tournament Players Club in Maryland. From Jan. 1994 to Oct. 1996, Brennan entertained other bosses, family and friends at the posh club. Brennan pled guilty to filing a false entry in union records. He faces 16 months in jail. Brennan was caught by a federal probe into the Washington, D.C. Police Dep’t. Investigators uncovered Brennen’s wrongdoing while looking at the relationship between an ex-police chief and Jake West, president of the Int’l Ass’n of Bridge, Structural & Ornamental Iron Workers. [Washington Post 3/19/99]