Columbus Carpenters Endure Embezzlement Scandal

A security guard is seen in the background.


On August 2, 2019, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Eastern Division, Steven Kristopher Perry, former Financial Secretary-Treasurer of United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America Local 2077 (located in Columbus, Ohio), was sentenced to three years supervised release to include 180 days of home confinement.  He was also ordered to pay $26,185 in restitution and a special assessment of $100.  On January 3, 2019, Perry pleaded guilty to one count of embezzling union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati-Cleveland District Office.

The local only filed one LM-3 report, for the year between 7/01/2014 to 6/30/2015, after which date no more LM-3’s were filed.    The LM-3 states that it had no subsidiary organizations, created no funds for the benefit of its members, had no outside audit, discovered no loss or shortage of funds.

Mr. Perry was paid $1,820 for his service as Treasurer for that year.

The local had 95 members, and charged dues and fees of $22.00 a month.  The local’s total assets were $20, 864 and the union took in $11,334 in dues that year.

Take a look at the LM-2 for Carpenters Local 2077.