More than 800 convictions in one decade: Federal prosecutors stay busy busting corrupt union brass

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – From 2000 to 2010, government prosecutors stayed busy busting union brass involved in embezzlements and corruption.

theotherlaborhistoryAccording to a U.S. Department of Labor press release, over the span of seven years, prosecutors obtained 800 convictions and secured over 850 indictments for union employees and leaders, ranging from “embezzlement from labor organizations, extortionate picketing, deprivation of union members’ rights by force or violence, and fraud in union officer elections.”

In November 2007 alone, the Office of Labor-Management Standards obtained 9 convictions, including:

·         Connie Scarrow, former secretary-treasurer of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 3749. Scarrow was sentenced to five years probation and ordered to serve six months of home confinement. Scarrow eventually pled guilty to knowingly and willfully making a false entry on the local’s Form LM-3 to conceal her misappropriation of union funds.

·         Donnell Davis, former vice president of American Federation of Government Employees AFL-CIO, Local 2065. Davis pled guilty to four counts of North Carolina General Statute Section 1490, embezzlement of property received by virtue of office or employment. He was sentenced to seven to nine months imprisonment, 36 months probation, and restitution in the amount of $29,120.

·         Lorraine T. Payton, former president of the National Federation of Federal Employees, International Association of Machinists District 1, VA Council. Payton was sentenced to three years probation including eight months home confinement with electronic monitoring for mail fraud. She was ordered to pay $19,800 in restitution and a $100 assessment.

·         Alan Raines, former financial secretary of Steelworkers Local 1358. Raines was sentenced to 24 months in prison and two years of supervised release, ordered to pay a special assessment of $100, and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $145,823.92. Raines previously had paid more than $128,000 in restitution. Raines eventually pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $274,262.38.

·         Kirk A. Tuttle, former treasurer of the Professional Airline Flight Control Association – DELTA. Tuttle was sentenced to nine months in prison, two years of supervised release and 150 hours of community service, fined $8,000 and ordered to pay a special assessment of $100. Tuttle previously had paid more than $159,000 in restitution. Tuttle pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $172,846.

·         William Pagano, former secretary-treasurer of the National Association of Letter Carriers, Branch 78. Pagano was sentenced to six months in prison followed by six months home confinement with electronic monitoring and three years probation. Pagano previously pled guilty to embezzling $66,759 in union funds.

·         Kelli Tyrell-Moore, former executive assistant of the Kansas State Nurses Association. She was sentenced to eight months of confinement and three years of probation. Tyrell-Moore also was ordered to make restitution in the amount of $63,307. Tyrell-Moore eventually pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds.

·         Timothy C. Ferrucci, former president of Northeast Emergency Services Union. Ferrucci pled guilty to four counts of filing a false report. Ferrucci admitted making false statements on the local’s annual Form LM-3 for the years 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004. In each of the annual reports, Ferrucci understated the amount of compensation he directly or indirectly received. Ferrucci’s plea agreement requires him to make restitution in the amount of $27,347.67.

·         Brad Dubray, former treasurer of Carpenters Local 113, pled guilty to embezzling union funds in the amount of $14,548.11.

These details of widespread graft and corruption will likely be left out of California school lesson plans.

To read more installments of “The Other Labor History: What Kids Won’t Learn,” click here.

By Kyle Olson at EAGnews.org

 

 

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