- John McGovern, the former secretary-treasurer of Local 190 of the North Jersey Division of the American Postal Workers International Union from 1992 to 2011, was sentenced to 20 months in prison for conspiring to embezzle $190,000 from the union’s operating account. McGovern admitted that he and Gary Weightman, former president of Local 190, conspired to embezzle funds from the union’s operating and a separate operating account. McGovern was also sentenced to three years of supervised release and ordered to pay almost $800,000 in restitution. Weightman pleaded guilty to one count of tax evasion.
- Joseph Olivieri, former executive director of the Association of Wall, Ceiling, and Carpentry Industries of New York, was sentenced to 18 months in prison on perjury charges for lying under oath when he denied he has Genovese organized crime family ties, as well as ties to a drywall subcontractor that was defrauding district council benefit funds. Olivieri was also ordered to pay a $10,000 fine and serve three years of supervised release after his prison term. Olivieri was the last remaining defendant in a sweeping corruption case charging Carpenter district council officials with taking bribes from contractors to allow them to bypass collective bargaining agreement requirements.
- Teamsters’ General President James Hoffa placed Los Angeles-based Local 630 under a trusteeship at the recommendation of the union’s Independent Review Board (IRB), a court-appointed panel charged with enforcing anti-corruption rules within the Teamsters. IBT International Vice Presidents Randy Cammack and Rick Middleton have been appointed as the trustees of the local. The move to install trustees came after the IRB issued a report on May 12 that detailed alleged offenses of Local 630 Secretary-Treasurer Paul A. Kenny and other union officials, including that they improperly charged some $168,000 in restaurant bills to union accounts and failed to establish proper financial controls.
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- July 7 2011
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