Ex-Employee of Florida Union Sentenced for Role in Scam

James Lynch was a mere boat captain employed by Michael McKay, the now-imprisoned ex-president of the American Maritime Officers union. But McKay, along with his younger brother, former secretary-treasurer Robert McKay, has begun doing time in federal prison on racketeering charges. And the U.S. Justice Department believed Lynch had participated in their theft. On Friday, […]

AMO’s McKay Brothers Sentenced in Florida Federal Court

The curtain closed for the old regime of the American Maritime Officers (AMO) in a Ft. Lauderdale federal courtroom on March 29. Michael McKay, president of the 4,000-member Dania Beach, Fla.-based union, convicted on racketeering conspiracy and fraud charges in early January after a four-week trial, received a six-and-a-half-year prison sentence. His younger brother, Robert, […]

Jury Convicts Maritime Union Bosses in Criminal Racketeering Suit

It was the end of the line for Michael and Robert McKay. They’d been the targets of an extensive racketeering probe into their union, the American Maritime Officers. Late Friday afternoon January 5, a federal jury in Broward County, Fla., after just one day of deliberation, rendered its verdict: guilty. The McKay brothers, respectively, AMO […]

RICO Trial for Bosses of AMO Union Gets Underway

Michael and Robert McKay have been living on borrowed time. Respectively, president and treasurer-secretary of the American Maritime Officers, the McKay brothers, aged 59 and 56, rigged elections, stole funds, obstructed justice, and orchestrated illegal campaign contributions. At least that’s what the Justice Department has been alleging in a criminal racketeering suit against the pair. […]

National Maritime President, Three Others Hit with RICO Suit

America’s maritime officers are seafarers, working the decks, engine rooms and other sections of U.S.-flagged commercial and military vessels. They sail the world’s oceans, the Great Lakes and inland waters. But federal prosecutors right now are concerned about certain things the people who run their 4,000-member union may have done on land. On September 14, […]