Scott A. Wilson was a man of many disguises – especially when it came to the enterprises that he pretended to run. Now there is nothing left to disguise. Last Friday, June 26, Wilson, former director of the information technology department for International Union of Operating Engineers Local 3 and also a Texas-based businessman, was charged in Oakland federal court with defrauding the Alameda, Calif.-based union out of more than $4.5 million over a six-year period and diverting the funds to at least three front companies that he owned. Of that sum, he allegedly received about $2.5 million in kickbacks through a variety of schemes. He had been arrested in Texas and arraigned in Dallas federal court that day. The charges follow a joint investigation by the FBI and the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and Office of Inspector General.
Wilson, now 52, a resident of Corsicana (south of … Read More ➡
On June 2, Jessica Pangburn, former office secretary for International Union of Operating Engineers Local 953, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico to one day in jail (time served), two years of supervised release and 25 hours of community service for wire fraud against the Albuquerque-based union. She also was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $69,469. Pangburn had pleaded guilty last November. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
On May 17, Caroline Phelps, former office secretary of International Union of Operating Engineers Local 369, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee to three years of probation for embezzling funds from the Cordova (Shelby County) union. She also was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $36,823 plus a $100 special assessment. Phelps had pleaded guilty in February. The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
Robert Persico, a Scarsdale, N.Y. businessman, can add one more notch to his mob connections. Persico, 40, head of the Mount Vernon, N.Y.-based Persico Contracting and Trucking, was charged with bribing officials of Locals 14 and 15 of the International Union of Operating Engineers. Earlier, he had been indicted for conspiring with a reputed Gambino family capo, Gregory DePalma, also from Scarsdale, to extort another construction company and transport stolen luxury goods.
The indictment of Persico marks the second time in recent memory that a prominent Westchester County contractor has been indicted in connection with a federal investigation into IUOE corruption. Last December, John Amicucci, president of DeFoe Corp., along with officials at four other construction companies, was charged with labor racketeering with members of the Gambino crime family. Additionally, more than 40 contractors, union officials, and members of the Genovese and … Read More ➡