• Joseph Jewett pleaded guilty to giving a kickback to Walter Ralph Mabry, the former secretary-treasurer of the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters, in exchange for Mabry’s recommendation to the manager of the Carpenters Pension Trust Fund to use Jewett’s company, J&R Ventures, as a consultant on a pension fund casino investment in Mississippi. Jewett faces a maximum of three years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. He has also agreed to forfeit $157,000 in funds from the scheme.
  • Teamsters President James Hoffa granted a stay of disciplinary measures taken against Richard Berg, president of Local 743, and Eugenia Alvarez, secretary-treasurer of the local while the officers appeal an order issued by Teamsters Joint Council 25. Berg was stripped of his title at Local 743 and barred from the union for five years in response to charges that he entered into a $21,000 severance agreement with a former business agent without gaining the approval of the local’s executive board. Alvarez was stripped of her title and barred from the union for three years for dispersing funds to the departing agent despite knowledge that the severance had not been approved by the local’s executive board. The stay will permit Berg and Alvarez to continue to fulfill their duties at the local while their discipline is reviewed by the IBT’s General Executive Board.
  • Sherell Mitchell, formerly the secretary-treasurer of the Communications Workers of America Local Union 86823 in St. Louis pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $110,000 over a seven-year period. Mitchell faces a possible sentence of up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, as well as an order of restitution.