Ex-NY Teamster Boss Indicted for Extortion

Richard Jedlicka was arrested Dec. 10 on charges of extortion that he allegedly carried out as a Carmel, NY, Teamster official in the 1990s. He is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attny. for the East. Dist. of NY.

Jedlicka was a business agent with Local 456 of the Intl. Bhd. of Teamsters in 1996 and 1997, when he allegedly threatened an unidentified construction company with violence unless the company paid money and no-show job wages to the Local. According to the indictment, the union stopped work at the site until the owner gave them what they wanted.

In 1999, the fed. Independent Rev. Bd. (IRB) implicated Jedlicka in a scheme allowing union officers to buy union-owned cars for their personal use at below-market prices. Jedlicka was cleared at the time, but the long-time president of Local 456, Edward Doyle, was forced to resign his office for his role in the scam.

Michael Kulstad, a spokesman for the U.S. Attny., declined to name the company allegedly victimized by Jedlicka, but did say that “the investigation is continuing.” [White Plains Journal News 12/17/02]

Ex-Bookkeeper Sentenced for Falsification in Calif.
On December 12 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Cathy R. Josselyn, former bookkeeper for Teamsters Local 853, was sentenced to one year of probation, fined $25, and ordered to perform 100 hours of community service. Josselyn pled guilty on September 9, 2002, to making false entries in union financial records following a joint investigation by the San Francisco branch of the U.S. Ofc. of Labor-Mgmt. Standards and the Department of Labor’s Office of the Inspector General. [DOL OLMS 12/19/02]