• The former executive secretary-treasurer of the New York City District Council of Carpenters, Michael Forde, was sentenced to 11 years in prison and three years of supervised release, ordered to pay a $50,000 fine, and forfeit $100,000 after pleading guilty to one count of racketeering conspiracy and one count of racketeering for accepting bribes. Forde was the lead defendant in a 2009 indictment charging 10 union officials and contractors with the bribery scheme. He admitted to having taken hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash bribes since 1994 in exchange for helping contractors avoid paying millions of dollars into union benefit funds, rigging job assignments, lying under oath, and obstructing the investigation into his conduct.