Part of Joseph Whitbeck’s job was watching out for fellow union members. Little did they know, he also was ripping a number of them off. On April 13, Whitbeck, former vice president of National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 274, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on 10 counts each of wire fraud and honest services wire fraud that cost members of the Allentown Post Office due overtime compensation. The alleged scheme also involved several fellow postal employees. Though authorities did not provide a dollar figure, the scheme lasted more than a decade, so the sum must have been sizable. The indictment follows a joint investigation by the U.S. Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General and the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and Office of Inspector General.
As Branch 274 vice president, Whitbeck, now 55, a resident of Tamaqua, Pa., was responsible … Read More ➡