New Hampshire Labor Boss Pleads Guilty to Fraud
While radical forces in Congress try to pass more forced-dues legislation, union officials continue to cheat workers for their own profit until they are caught.
Dennis Robertson, former business manager for the Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) Local 668 in Hooksett, New Hampshire, pleaded guilty to embezzling union funds and was ordered to pay $37,897. He functioned as business manager for about 14 years and was dismissed in or around March, 2017, when an audit turned up glaring discrepancies during his time as business manager.
Robertson took advantage of his position to write and sign unauthorized expense checks and unauthorized withdrawals of over $3,000. He also paid himself for unsubstantiated mileage totaling over 11,000 and kept cash dues payments of approximately $3,045.
Check out Local 668â€™s LM-2 here.
Paul Feeley of the New Hampshire Union Leader quotes OLMS Regional Director:
â€œCombatting financial fraud and investigating embezzlement of union funds helps safeguard financial integrity in labor unions,â€ said Department of Labor â€” Office of Labor Management Standards Northeastern Regional Director Andriana Vamvakas. â€œThis is a major priority for the U.S. Department of Laborâ€™s Office of Labor â€” Management Standards. We will work with the United States Attorneyâ€™s Office to identify criminal violations and pursue appropriate legal action whenever anyone puts personal financial gain ahead of the best interests of union members.â€