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  • Embezzlement
  • Falsifying and concealing of material fact
  • Larceny
  • Theft of labor union assets

These are just some of the federal charges brought against labor bosses in Massachusetts in the past decade.  For other interesting reading on union bad behavior see the following news reports about Laborers' union boss Nicholas Manocchio and IBEW 103 Business Agent Louis Antonellis.

Criminal indictments and convictions of union bosses are listed on the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Labor-Management Standards website: http://www.dol.gov/olms/regs/compliance/enforcement_1.htm

The following are Massachusetts cases, quoted directly from the U.S. Labor Department:

On April 19, 2011, in the Trial Court of Massachusetts District Court Department, Richard Dean, former Treasurer of Carpenters Local 275 (located in Newton, Mass.), pled guilty to five counts of Association Officer Embezzlement and to a Continuance Without a Finding (CWOF) on nine counts of Larceny Over $250 by False Pretense.  Dean was sentenced to one year probation, was required to write a letter of apology to the local union, and was ordered to make restitution of $15,374.  The plea and sentencing follow an investigation by the OLMS Boston District Office.

On March 9, 2011, in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Stanley Barringer, former Vice President and Treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 3707 (located in Chicopee, Mass.), was sentenced to one year of probation, six months of home confinement, and was ordered to pay a $2,000 fine.  In November 2010, Barringer pled guilty to one count of concealing a material fact, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1001.  Before pleading guilty, Barringer made restitution in the amount of $22,180.  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS New Haven Resident Investigator Office. 

On February 16, 2011, in the Worcester County Massachusetts District Court, Stephen Andros, President of Steelworkers Local 2936 (located in Auburn, Mass.), was charged in a five-count criminal complaint with larceny over $250, in violation of Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 266, Section 30, totaling $18,751.84.  The complaint follows an investigation by the OLMS Boston District Office.

On November 8, 2010, in the United States District Court of Massachusetts, Stanley Barringer, former Vice President and acting Treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 3707 (located in Chicopee, MA), was charged in an information with falsifying and concealing a material fact on reports filed with the U.S. Department of Labor in order to conceal his misappropriation of approximately $22,180.00 of Local 3707 funds. The information follows an investigation by the OLMS New Haven Resident Office.

On October 22, 2010, in the United States District Court of Massachusetts, an indictment of Stennett Bernard, Roody Lespinasse, Andy Alerte, and Manuel Nogueira (former President, Treasurer, Financial Secretary, and Recording Secretary, respectively) of Steelworkers Local 04-421 was unsealed.  The indictment charged Bernard, Lespinasse, Alerte, and Nogueira with violations of Title 18, U.S.C. Code, Section 371 - Conspiracy, Title 29 U.S.C. 501(c) - Embezzlement and Theft of Labor Union Assets, and 18 U.S.C. Section 2 - Aiding and Abetting.  The former officers were charged with embezzling the following approximate amounts through unauthorized checks:  Bernard ($4,320.94), Lespinasse ($712.30), Alerte ($551.72), and Nogueira ($1,384.34).  The indictment also includes a criminal forfeiture allegation, Title 18 U.S.C. Section 981(a)(1)(c) and Title 28 U.S.C. Section 2461(c).  The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Boston District Office.  

On September 23, 2010, in Newton Massachusetts District Court, a criminal complaint was issued against Richard Dean, former Treasurer of Carpenters Local 275 in Newton, MA, charging him with 11 counts of larceny totaling $15,374.  The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Boston District Office.

On  November  17, 2009, in the District Court of Brockton, Massachusetts, Joseph J. Morana, former President of National Association of Government Employees (NAGE) SEIU Local 01-86 (located in West Roxbury, Mass.) and NAGE -SEIU Local 01-25 (located in Brockton, Mass.), admitted to sufficient facts to the charge of larceny over $250 by a single scheme.  Morana was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $7,696.48 and an assessment of $90 and placed on supervised probation for two years, which may be terminated early when restitution is paid in full.  The admission follows and investigation by the OLMS Boston District Office.

On May 28, 2009, in the District Court of Brockton, Massachusetts, Susan J. Elliot, former Secretary-Treasurer of Laborers Local 1162 (located in Brockton, Mass.), admitted to sufficient facts to a charge of larceny over $250.  Elliott was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service and ordered to pay assessments and fees of $594.  Also, Elliot made restitution in the amount of $24,000.  The case was continued without a finding for two years, pending the successful completion of two years supervised probation.  The admission follows an investigation by the OLMS Boston District Office and the Massachusetts State Police.

On March 24, 2009, in the District Court of Brockton, Massachusetts, Susan Elliott, former Secretary-Treasurer of Laborers Local 1162 (located in Brockton, Mass.), was charged with one count of larceny over $250, relating to the taking of union funds in the amount of $24,795.The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Boston District Office and the Massachusetts State Police.

On September 15, 2008, in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Frank Rago, President of International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) Local 1604 (located in Boston, Mass.) was indicted with failure to maintain records and making false entries in union and Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) records. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Boston District Office.

On September 15, 2008, in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Louis Desisto, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 1604 (located in Boston, Mass.), was charged with falsification of a record in a federal investigation. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Boston District Office.
On May 25, 2007, in Massachusetts Pittsfield District Court, Norman M. Haskins, former Treasurer of National Association of Government Employees (NAGE) Local 01-62, pled guilty to larceny over $250. Haskins was ordered to make restitution in the amount of $2,192 and pay an assessment of $50. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Boston District Office.

On February 9, 2007, in the Pittsfield Massachusetts District Court, a criminal complaint was issued against Norman Haskins, former Treasurer for NAGE Local 01-62, charging him with larceny in the amount of $2,192. The complaint follows an investigation by the OLMS Boston District Office.

On October 3, 2005, in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, George Beck, Jr., former Secretary-Treasurer of Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical and Energy Workers (PACE) Local 01-366 was sentenced to six months home confinement to be followed by two years of probation for embezzlement of union funds. He was also ordered to make restitution to the union in the amount of $26,918. Beck pled guilty to embezzling union funds on September 7, 2005. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Boston District Office.

On September 21, 2005, in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Joseph Calcagno, former Business Manager/Secretary Treasurer of Laborers Local 1162, was sentenced to two years probation for making false entries in the financial books and records of Local 1162. Calcagno was also ordered to make restitution of $66,632 to the union for improper expenses that were claimed by Calcagno while employed by the union. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Boston District Office.

On November 24, 2004, in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Joseph Calgano, former business manager/secretary-treasurer of Local 1162, Laborers', was charged with making false entries in the Local's financial books and records. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Boston District Office.

On November 23, 2004, in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, George Beck Jr., former secretary-treasurer of Local 1-366, Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical and Energy Workers (PACE), was indicted on 26 counts of embezzling $10,232.96 in union funds. In addition, the indictment sought forfeiture of proceeds traceable to the commission of the alleged embezzlement, including, but not limited to, $26,835.05 and a BOSE Acoustic Wave Music System. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Boston District Office.

On November 19, 2004, in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, David Westgate, former president of Local 168, United Auto Workers, was sentenced to 12 months and one day confinement at a halfway house and two years supervision upon release. In addition, he was ordered to make full restitution of $31,867 according to a court-ordered repayment schedule. In January 2004, Westgate pled guilty to embezzlement of union funds following an investigation by the OLMS Boston District Office.

On May 5, 2004, in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Gene Malinowski, former secretary-treasurer and business manager of Boilermakers Lodge 1851, was sentenced to six months community confinement, six months home confinement and five years probation for conspiracy and embezzlement. Malinowski was fined $100, assessed $50 and ordered to make additional restitution in the amount of $17,205. On December 18, 2003, he was indicted on one count of conspiracy and one count of embezzlement. Since the amount in the indictment was unspecified, the loss was fixed at $81,000 during the sentencing. The sentence follows an investigation by the OLMS New Haven Resident Office.

On August 5, 2003, in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, David Westgate, former President of United Auto Workers Local 168, was indicted on 68 counts of embezzling $31,867 in union funds. The charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS Boston District Office.

On May 29, 2003, in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Gene Malinowski, former business manager and secretary-treasurer of Boilermakers Local Lodge 1851, was indicted on one count of embezzlement and one count of aiding and abetting. The indictment was sealed until June 10, 2003 when Malinowski was arrested. The charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS New Haven Resident Office.

On March 28, 2003, the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office issued a criminal complaint against Susan Bertram, former treasurer of National Association of Government Employees Local 01-195, charging her with one count of larceny over $250. She had embezzled over $21,000 from the local by withdrawing cash, writing checks and money orders to herself, and making wire transfers to her credit accounts from union funds. The charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS Boston District Office.

On February 27, 2003, in Massachusetts District Court in Lynn, MA, Edward P. Martin, former president of Utility Workers Local 446, was charged with larceny in the amount of $22,568 following an investigation by the OLMS Boston District Office.
On June 27, 2001, in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Leo MacGillvray, former treasurer of Utility Workers Local 446, pled guilty to a one-count information charging him with embezzling $86,311 in union funds. The charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS Boston District Office.

On July 7, 1998, Two high-level union officers of the Boston Laborers' Union, father and son Joseph P. Mandarini and Louis A Mandarini, Sr., Laborers' International Union of North America Local 22 ("Local 22") made restitution of $90,000 to ERISA plans and funds in compliance with plea agreements with the United States Attorney's Office, were sentenced yesterday in federal court on criminal offenses arising from violations of pension and labor laws.
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