Anthony Wendel Frederick, Sr., former business manager of Laborers’ Local 657 in Maryland, pleaded guilty to an embezzlement scheme in which he diverted more than $1.7 million to a contracting company. Frederick will serve four years in prison was ordered to pay $1.632 million in restitution to the union and forfeit $1.734 million, funds the U.S. Department of Justice found to be criminally derived.     

The SEIU placed SEIU Healthcare Michigan, a 10,700 member local, under trusteeship control after a whistleblower and investigation revealed “potential financial malpractice,” including “abuse of the local union’s loan and paid time off/earned vacation policy.” The local will remain “fully operational” throughout the trusteeship.