- The former president and executive director of New York City’s United Craft and Industrial Workers Union, Local 91, Warren J. Annuziata, pled guilty of taking more than $500,000 in bribes from bus company owners. The Local represents 2,000 bus drivers and bus escorts who work for companies that contract with the city’s Education Department. Annuziata was charged with extortion and receiving unlawful payments from 1992-2009 in violation of the LMRA, which prohibits employers from making payments to union officials. In a separate criminal matter involving Local 1181 of the Amalgamated Transit Union, Local officials were convicted of taking bribes to secure bus routes for company owners.
- Thomas Pokrywczynski, the former treasurer of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1342 in Buffalo, New York, was sentenced to two years in federal prison and restitution of $217,527 for embezzling funds from the union from 2002 to 2008. In February, Pokrywczynski pled guilty to one felony count of embezzlement from a labor organization.
- Former Carpenters and Joiners of America Local 608 shop steward, Brian Carson, was sentenced to 19 months in federal prison, ordered to forfeit $100,000 and pay a $5,000 fee following his guilty plea to aiding and abetting the embezzlement of union benefit funds. Carson was one of 10 defendants charged in August 2009 with a series of offenses aimed at the union’s New York City district council and related to an alleged $1 million bribery scheme to allow contractors to bypass contractual wage and benefits requirements. Eight of the defendants have entered guilty pleas, including the district council’s former executive secretary-treasurer, Michael Forde, and longtime shop steward and former business agent from 2004 to 2009, Brian Hayes. Hayes pled guilty to two counts of racketeering charges and admitted to racketeering, taking at least one cash bribe from a contractor and giving false testimony. Each of the counts carries a 20-year maximum prison sentence. Sentencing is scheduled for December 3.
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