The U.S. Department of Justice indicted John Matassa, Secretary-Treasurer of the Independent Union of Amalgamated Workers, Local 711, on charges related to embezzling union funds and defrauding the government. Mr. Matassa allegedly placed his wife on the union’s payroll even though she performed no duties on behalf of the union, and lowered his own salary in order to gain early retirement benefits from the Social Security Administration. Twenty years ago, Mr. Matassa was ousted from his position as the President and Business Manager of Laborers’ International Union of North America, Local 2, amid allegations that the local was engaged in organized crime and that it misused union funds.