On December 3, Fidel R. Garza, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2063 in Albuquerque, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico on 58 counts each for wire fraud and deprivation of honest services associated with the defrauding of the local by about $84,000. The charge follows an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor. (OLMS, 12/19/08).
Minnesota Local Financial Secretary Charged with Theft
On December 4, William Thomas Brown, former financial secretary-treasurer of Local 886 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, was charged in Hennepin County District Court of Minnesota with theft of $6,467.05 in funds from the New Hope, Minn.-based union. (OLMS, 12/19/08).
Former Clerk in Portland, Oregon Charged with Embezzlement
On December 1, Diane Martin, former clerk of International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 206 in Portland, was charged in U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon with one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $1,535. (OLMS, 12/19/08).
Michigan Secretary-Treasurer Charged with Filing False Reports On December 1, Kenneth L. Holman, former secretary-treasurer of Retail, Wholesale Department Store Union Local 665 in Ishpeming, Michigan, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan with making a false statement or representation of material fact on the local’s 2003 and 2004 annual financial reports to the U.S. Labor Department. Ishpeming is located in the state’s Upper Peninsula. (OLMS, 12/19/08).