• Hector Lopez, former president of the Metal Polishers Local 8A-28A in New York City plead guilty to mail and wire fraud conspiracy and tax evasion in federal district court in the Eastern District of New York. Lopez admitted to embezzling more than $740,000 in kickbacks from the union’s welfare fund’s third-party administrator and from an employer trustee of the fund to pay inflated invoices for a union hall renovation, as well as rigging a bid on a sprinkler installation job.