Los Angeles-Area ILWU Member Sentenced in Benefit Scheme

Apparently, David Gomez didn’t steal as much as the authorities had claimed. But he’s still headed for hard time. On January 9, Gomez, a resident of San Pedro, Calif. and a member of International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 13, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California to 41 months in federal prison and ordered to pay restitution for his role in a scheme to defraud a union-sponsored health care plan out of $258,913 for unnecessary or nonexistent chiropractic services. Gomez and co-defendant Sergio Amador received an estimated $228,000. He and Amador had pleaded guilty last October to 20 counts of mail fraud, at the time reported as totaling around $3 million. Amador pleaded guilty last year, and is scheduled for sentencing on April 6. ILWU Local 13 represents dockworkers at Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach. The actions follow a probe by the FBI and the Labor Department.