NYC Bus Drivers Union President Sentenced for Extortion

School busOn March 3, Warren Annunziata, founder and former presidnet of United Craft and Industrial Workers Union Local 91, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to 33 months in prison and two years supervised release for extorting more than $600,000 in cash payments from employers and forging his identity to obtain tens of thousands of dollars more from another employer. He had been indicted in February 2010, and pleaded guilty in July 2010. Local 91 represents about 2,000 drivers, escorts and other employees of bus companies that serve public school students in New York City and parts of neighboring Westchester County, N.Y. In addition to doing time, Annunziata also was ordered to pay $250,000 in restitution and asset forfeiture. The indictment, guilty plea and sentencing follow a joint probe by the FBI and the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and Office of Inspector General.