Ex-Nevada Union Boss Admits Falsification

Daniel G. Bogden, U.S. Attny. for the Dist. of Nevada, announced that Timothy J. Egan, pled guilty on Sept. 22 Failure to Maintain Labor Union Records, a violation of Title 29, United States Code, Section 439(a), and False Statements and Omissions of Material Facts in Labor Union Reports, a violation of Title 29, United States Code, Section 439(b).

From approximately January 1998 through March 2000, Egan served as a business manager and Secy.-Treasurer for the Bricklayers and Allied Crafts Local 3 Union (BAC Local 3) in Las Vegas. During that period, Egan failed to maintain financial records documenting, among other things, his personal use of the cash union dues he collected from members as well as his personal use of the union credit cards. Egan also failed to disclose these matters on annual reports submitted to the Department of Labor.

In August 1999, an office manager with BAC Local 3, noticed that $4,000 in cash was missing from the union’s bank deposit bag. When the office manager confronted Egan about the missing cash, Egan admitted that for over a two-year period he had been taking monies from the bank bag for his own personal use, but stated that he would repay them. Between December 17, 1998, and February 6, 2000, Egan also made at least $10,000 in personal charges on union credit cards, including $7,927 in cash advances at casinos. Egan did not keep records of the personal charges he made on the union credit cards or what he had repaid the union. He instructed the union office manager to pay the entire credit card balance each time it was due.

Egan is scheduled to be sentenced on December12, 2003, at 9:00 a.m. The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s Ofc. of Labor-Mgmt. Standards, San Francisco District Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Justin J. Roberts. [U.S.A.O. NV, 9/22/03]

Ex-Penn. Bookkeeper Sentenced for Embezzlement

On October 1, 2003, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, Diane Lewis, former bookkeeper for the UNITE District Council of Northeastern Pennsylvania, was sentenced to 10 months in prison for embezzlement, three years of supervised release and ordered to undergo mental health counseling. In addition, she was ordered to pay $11,985.80 in restitution. On July 23, 2002, Lewis pled guilty to one count of embezzling more than $28,000 in union funds. The charges were brought following an investigation by the Philadelphia branch of the U.S. Ofc. of Labor Mgmt. Standards. [OLMS, 10/9/03]