IBEW Union Boss Michael Neill to Serve Prison Time

US Department of Labor Investigation Update

Michael Neill, a union boss for IBEW Local 98, has been sentenced to prison time and must pay over $100k in restitution, fees, and more.

From the Department of Labor:

On February 20, 2024, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Michael Neill, former Apprentice Training Director of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 98 (located in Philadelphia, Pa.), was sentenced to 13 months in prison and 3 years of supervised release. Neill was also ordered to pay $92,733 in restitution, $27,715 to the Internal Revenue Service, a $10,000 fine, a $600 special assessment, and $25,259. in forfeiture. On December 21, 2022, Neill pleaded guilty to four counts of embezzlement of union funds, one count of theft from an employee benefit plan, and one count of filing false federal income tax returns, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c), 18 U.S.C. 664, and 26 U.S.C 7206(1), respectively. The sentencing follows an investigation by OLMS Philadelphia-Pittsburgh District Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation, the Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration, the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General, and the Pennsylvania State Police, with assistance from the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office.


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