Norman Seabrook, former head of the Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association (COBA), was convicted of bribery for accepting $60,000 cash for favoring now bankrupt hedge fund Platinum Partners with $20 million on union capital in a Manhattan federal court. Platinum Partner’s bankruptcy left COBA with only $1 million of its initial investment. Seabrook has denied his guilt since his arrest in June 2016. Platinum Partners co-found Murray Huberfield plead guilty in May to conspiracy. U.S. v. Seabrook, et al., Case No. 1:16-cv-cr-00467 (S.D.N.Y.)
Alphons Iacobelli, the former vice president for employee relations at Fiat Chrysler was sentenced to five and a half years in Michigan federal court for conspiring to bribe UAW union officials and for tax evasion, after pleading guilty in January to illegally delivering more than $1.5 million in payments to UAW Vice President General Holiefield, and other union officials. Iacobelli admitted that the conspired from 2009 to 2015 to make payments to obtain benefits, concessions, and advantages for his employer in collective bargaining. U.S. v. Iacobelli, Case No. 17-cr-20406 (E.D. Mich.)
Two men affiliated with Ironworker Local 395 were charged with labor-related extortion in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, under the Hobbs Act, which prohibits actual or attempted robbery or extortion affecting interstate of foreign commerce. The indictment charges Tomas Williamson and Jeffrey Veach with one count of Hobbs Act extortion conspiracy and two counts of attempted Hobbs Act extortion, alleging that they used actual and threatened violence to extort labor contracts from owners of companies that hire ironworkers.