San Francisco Staffer Charge with Union Theft

Robin Neither, ex-bookkeeper for Int’l Longshoremen & Warehousemen Union Local 10 in San Francisco, was indicted on two felony counts: embezzling union funds and falsifying official union records. Allegedly, Neither stole an unspecified sum of union funds for her own personal use. She also made false entries in the local’s payroll register which was use to provide false information to the Dep’t of Labor.

Neither pled not guilty before U.S. Magis. Judge James Larson who released her after she posted an unsecured $20,000 bond. Neither’s next court appearance is Dec. 12 before U.S. Dist. Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton (N.D. Cal., Clinton). [DOL 10/16/01; USAO N.D. Cal. 11/7/01]

New Jersey Boss Indicted for $19,200 Theft
George Wright, Jr., ex-fin’l secretary of United Auto Workers Local 267 in  Union, N.J., was indicted Oct. 30, in U.S. Dist. Court for the Dist. of N.J. on one count of embezzling $19,206 in union funds. [DOL 10/30/01]

New York Boss Accused of Witness Tampering and Obstructing Justice
Lead operator for Int’l Union of Elevator Constructors Local 1 in N.Y.C., Matthew Downey, was indicted Oct. 30 for witness tampering and obstruction of justice in U.S. Dist. Court for the E. Dist. of N.Y. Further details were unavailable. [DOL 10/30/01]