On Nov. 15, U.S. Dist. Judge Charles N. Clevert, Jr. (E.D. Wis., Clinton) sentenced Robert J. Gordon, ex-financial secretary-treasurer of Am. Fed’n of State, County & Mun. Employees Local 366 in Milwaukee, to one year and one day in prison for embezzling some $88,000 from the union and falsifying union records. The prison term will be followed by 3 years probation. Clevert also ordered Gordon to pay $88,431 in restitution and fees; he has already repaid about $50,000. Clevert didn’t, however, bar Gordon from holding and seeking union office in the future.
Gordon pled guilty July 27 to one count of embezzling $485 in union funds and one count of making a false entry in union records. He was indicted May 8 on six counts. He allegedly wrote more than 200 unauthorized union checks to himself between 1996-99. According to the U.S. Atty.’s Office in Milwaukee, it was unclear on what the funds were spent but it appeared that Gordon was overwhelmed with debt. Reportedly, Gordon falsified financial reports by giving a false balance or records of the funds, and he continuously postponed audits, so the local’s board was unaware of any discrepancies. [USAO E.D. Wis. 11/26/01; Milwaukee J. Sent. 11/17/01; DOL 11/15, 7/27, 5/8/01]
Louisiana Boss Charged with $91,000 Theft
Willie R. Walker, ex-secretary-treasurer of the Int’l Longshoremen’s Ass’n Local 1349 in Lake Charles, La., was indicted Nov. 16 on one count of embezzling $91,423.11 in union funds and one count of falsifying union records. He allegedly destroyed and concealed bank records and union receipts/disbursements used to support the annual financial report, LM-3, to the Dep’t of Labor. The case has been assigned to U.S. Dist. Judge Tucker L. Melançon (W.D. La., Clinton). [USAO W.D. La. 11/28/01; DOL 11/16/01]