Rail Employees Local Secretary-Treasurer in Colorado Indicted

maintenance of way employees _bmwe_ logoThe checks Peter Maisel Jr. wrote weren’t large, but there were plenty enough of them to get him indicted. Maisel, formerly secretary-treasurer of Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Local Lodge 1517, was charged in Denver federal court with embezzling $10,124 from the Pueblo union. The indictment, made public on February 9, indicates Maisel, 53, during May-August 2009 wrote 141 unauthorized checks and diverted them to his own purposes. The Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees, a division of the Teamsters Rail Conference, represents workers who build and maintain railroad tracks. The charge follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.