President of New Mexico Firefighters Local Indicted for Theft

On February 23, William Dempsey, president of International Association of Fire Fighters Local 294, was indicted in the State of Texas, El Paso County, for theft of property worth more than $1,500 and but less than $20,000. The union is based in Las Cruces, N.M., but because Dempsey resides in Texas, the case is being prosecuted in the latter state. The charge follows a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.