• On June 13, government prosecutors indicted a former trustee and business agent for the Detroit local union of the IBT. The indictment asserts that the former union official, Michael Townsend, accepted money from Lagrasso Brothers Produce Inc. to make it falsely appear that the company had a unionized workforce. In particular, the indictment claims that Townsend executed sham labor contracts with a front company for Lagrasso Brothers Produce, and had Lagrasso management and family members join the local Teamsters union as well as sign labor contracts on behalf of the front company. In January 2013, the front company accepted a plea deal with the government and agreed to help the government prosecute other responsible parties. If convicted, Townsend could spend up to five years in prison and face a fine of up to $250,000.