On September 21, Joseph Calcagno, formerly business manager/secretary-treasurer for Laborers Local 1162, was sentenced in U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, to two years probation for making false entries in the local’s financial records. He also was ordered to make $66,632 in restitution to the union for improper expenses. The local is based in Brockton, south of Boston. The case was investigated by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards. (OLMS, 10/1).
Local President in Connecticut Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement
On September 20, Gary Gourley, formerly president of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 1522, pleaded guilty to embezzling $63,084 in union funds. Sentencing is set for December 16. (OLMS, 10/1).
Wyoming Local Ex-Treasurer Indicted for Embezzlement
On September 22, Richard Carlson, the former secretary-treasurer of Postal Workers Local 769 in Wyoming, was indicted in U.S. District Court on 18 counts of embezzling more than $7,000 in union funds, and one count of making a false statement in union records. The indictment follows a Labor Department investigation. (OLMS, 10/1).
Former Financial Secretary in Louisville Charged with Theft
On September 21, Joseph J. Brady, ex-financial secretary for Local 1693 of the United Steelworkers of America, was charged in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Jefferson County Circuit Court, with one count of theft by unlawful taking. (OLMS, 10/1).
Ex-Secretary in Upstate New York Pleads Guilty
On September 26, Albert Moore, Jr., former financial secretary-treasurer for Local 6992 of the Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical and Energy Workers (PACE), pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court, Western District of New York, to one count of embezzling union funds totaling $36,327. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the Labor Department. (10/10/05).
Florida Man Indicted on Embezzlement Charge
On September 26, Evon Louis, aka Evon Lewis, a member of Local 130 of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida on one count of embezzlement. He is accused of stealing more than $11,600. The next day, September 27, he was arrested by U.S. Marshals in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He was released pending arraignment after posting bond. The indictment follows an investigation by the Labor Department. (OLMS, 10/10).
Ex-Trustee for Pittsburgh Local Benefit Fund Indicted
On September 29, Marilyn Constable, former trustee for the Employer and Employee Life Benefit Fund of Bakery, Confectionary and Tobacco Workers International Union Local 12-A, in Pittsburgh, Pa., was indicted in federal court on 15 counts of embezzling nearly $7,600 from the fund. The charges follow a probe by the Labor Department. (OLMS, 10/10).
Florida Local Head Pleads Guilty to Kickback Charge
On September 19, Lenin V. Perez, former president of Branch 599 of the National Association of Letter Carriers, pleaded guilty to knowingly and willfully receiving kickbacks in return for referring postal employees to certain medical specialists under a federal health care program. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Tampa Resident Investigator Office. (OLMS, 10/10).