John Hamilton, former business manager of IUOE Local 324, was indicted on nine counts, including extortion, money laundering, conspiracy, and embezzlement, for actions taken while serving as the Detroit-area local’s highest official. According to the indictment, Mr. Hamilton extorted business agents and employees of the local to create a fund that he used for his personal benefit, including by removing $71,000 from the fund for himself after losing his reelection bid. The local’s former president and former chief of staff, each of whom received $35,000 from the fund, both pleaded guilty to helping conceal the scheme. Mr. Hamilton faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each of four counts of extortion, conspiracy to commit extortion, conspiracy to commit honest services mail and wire fraud, and money laundering and up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each of five lesser charges.