Ex-Business Manager in Kansas Charged with Embezzlement

On January 24, Vince L. Matthews was charged in U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas with one count of embezzling $93,298.28 from Sheet Metal Workers Local 29.  The information count follows an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.  (OLMS, 2/16/06).   


Indiana Secretary-Treasurer Pleads Guilty to Embezzling Funds

On January 24, William Van Sickle, former secretary-treasurer for American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 725, pleaded guilty to embezzlement of union funds totaling $62,229.40.  The guilty plea follows an investigation by the Labor Department.  (OLMS, 2/16/06).


Former Treasurer for Buffalo Local Sentenced for Embezzlement

On January 31, Albert Moore, former secretary-treasurer for Local 1-6992 of the Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical and Energy Workers, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York to six months home confinement, three years probation and 400 hours of community service for embezzlement of local funds.  He also was ordered to make restitution in the amount of $36,327.  Moore had pleaded guilty in September.  (OLMS, 2/16/06).    


Secretary in Washington State Sentenced for Records Fraud

On January 17, Robert Nolan Watson, former secretary-treasurer for PACE Local 8-748, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington to four years probation and ordered to pay the local $7,325 in restitution.  Watson had pleaded guilty earlier to charges of making false entries in and concealing, withholding and destroying union records.  (OLMS, 2/16/06).


Wisconsin Ex-Secretary Sentenced for Embezzlement

On January 27, Michael Crogan, ex-secretary-treasurer for Local 1382 of the United Transportation Union, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to five months imprisonment, 150 days home confinement and three years supervised release.  He’d pleaded guilty in November to one count of embezzling union funds totaling $31,700 for which had already had made restitution.  (OLMS, 2/16/06).   


Ex-Business Manager for Cincinnati Local Sentenced

On February 2, Tim Burke, formerly business manager and financial secretary for Local 42 of the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers & Allied Workers, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio to 180 days of home detention and three years probation for embezzling more than $30,000 in union funds.  He was ordered to pay $21,340 in restitution in addition to the $10,230 he previously has paid.  Burke pleaded guilty last May following an investigation by the Department of Labor.  (OLMS, 2/16/06).