- The former president of International Union of Operating Engineers Local 68, Dennis J. Giblin, was sentenced to two years’ probation and a $100,000 fine after pleading guilty to a two-count criminal information for accepting kickbacks and embezzling funds from an employee benefit plan. Giblin admitted to soliciting and accepting kickbacks from an unnamed contractor hired to design and install electronic systems in the union’s Education Fund office, and to embezzling Education Fund property by purchasing a couch for his personal condominium via a check issued from the Education Fund account in 2004. As part of his plea agreement, a third charge for allegedly conspiring to embezzle $5,200 from the Education Fund by having the fund pay for an audio-visual installation also for his condominium was dropped.
- The former president of the New York City Mailers Union, Wayne Mitchell, was sentenced to two years in prison after he pleaded guilty to embezzlement charges. Mitchell was found guilty of embezzling $373,555 in unauthorized salary and expenses during his nearly four years in office. Mitchell admitted to the embezzlement during an interview with the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards in early 2010. In addition to his prison term, Mitchell was also ordered to pay that amount in restitution and serve three years of supervised release.
- Gregory Sims, the pastor of the Crossroads Church of Dade City, Florida, who was in charge of managing International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 915’s health and welfare, pension, and vacation funds was sentenced to 30 months in prison after pleading guilty in September 2010 to embezzling approximately $813,000 from the funds by diverting the money to the church’s financial accounts for his own personal benefit and for the use of his parishioners and associates. In addition to his 30-month prison sentence, the court also entered a money judgment for $813,000.
- Members of the Laborers’ International Union and the International Longshoremen’s Association were among the 127 defendants charged with involvement in a wide range of crimes allegedly carried out by seven La Cosa Nostra organized crime families. The charges include murder, murder conspiracy, loansharking, arson, narcotics trafficking, extortion, robbery, illegal gambling, and labor racketeering. Three members of the International Longshoremen’s Association were indicted with committing perjury in a grand jury probe into organized crime activity on the waterfront of the ports of New York and New Jersey, and 15 defendants were charged with crimes including extortion of members of ILA Local 1235 and other ILA locals. Other defendants include numerous current and former officials of ILA locals based in New Jersey who are alleged to be affiliated with the Genovese family, which is said to have engaged in a multi-decade conspiracy to influence and control the unions and businesses that work on the New York-area piers.
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Crime & corruption
- Winston & Strawn LLP
- January 31 2011
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