Jose A. Fernandez-Cruz is Third ILA Local 1740 Boss to Plead Guilty

US Department of Labor Investigation Update

Jose A. Fernandez-Cruz, a member of ILA Local 1740, has pleaded guilty to crimes of conspiracy. This comes after guilty pleas of two others, Pedro Pastrana-Gonzalez and Iara I. Clemente-Rivera.

From the Department of Labor:

On August 21, 2023, in the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, Jose A. Fernandez-Cruz, member of International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) Local 1740 (located in San Juan, P.R.), pleaded guilty to conspiracy to convert funds and falsify the records of an ILA 1740 benefit fund, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 371. The guilty plea follows a joint investigation by the OLMS New York District Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General, and Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration.