Air Traffic Controllers President in New Mexico Pleads Guilty; Sentenced

air-traffic-controllerOn June 9, Joseph Chester, former president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, Albuquerque Local, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico to wire fraud. He then was placed on probation for one year, prohibited from possessing firearms and explosives, ordered to enroll in a substance abuse and mental health treatment program, prohibited from entering into financial contracts, and ordered not to frequent gambling establishments. He had been indicted last September on 47 counts of wire fraud. The guilty plea and sentencing follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.