Monday, October 28, 2013

ILA Daggatt - Please Do Not Believe His Protests

From Today's Journal of Commerce

International Longshoremen’s Association President Harold Daggett said ILA members in the Port of New York and New Jersey are “fed up” with hiring delays he blames on the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor.

And... from the Waterfront Commission of New York web-site

Former Secretary Treasurer of Local 1233 Sentenced to Jail for Embezzlement of Union Funds
September 12, 2013
           Gregory “Ronnie” Taylor, the former Secretary Treasurer of ILA Local 1233, was sentenced yesterday by the Honorable Joel A. Pisano in federal court in Trenton, New Jersey. Taylor was sentenced to six months in jail, followed by six months of house arrest and three years of supervised release. Taylor was also ordered by the Court to pay $71,000 in restitution to Local 1233 for his role in the embezzlement of union funds. Taylor had pleaded guilty on February 26, 2013 to issuing a vacation check for $7,852 to himself without authorization. Taylor also admitted that between 2007 and 2010, while secretary-treasurer, he embezzled a total of $71,000 by improperly cashing duplicate paychecks, as well as other checks from the union’s operating account, including for unauthorized credit card expenditures.
           Taylor had been arrested on September 15, 2011 for stealing more than $100,000 in union funds for his personal use. The case was investigated by the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor (Detectives Albanese and Petrillo, Assistant Counsel Michelle Demeri and Deputy Director of Audit Jared Filus) the United States Department of Labor. The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey (AUSA V. Grady O’Malley) prosecuted the case.

and another...

Longshoreman’s Registration Revoked After Conviction for Unlawful Possession of Firearm
September 24, 2013
           Longshoreman James J. Sweigart was arrested after he was observed in a Newark diner with a loaded .9mm semi-automatic handgun in the waistband of his pants. Sweigart had no license for the Walther PPK pistol. The Commission temporarily suspended Sweigart’s registration as a longshoreman on January 22, 2013 pending an administrative hearing on the charge. Sweigart pleaded guilty to Unlawful Possession of a Firearm on July 15, 2013 before the Honorable Robert H. Gardner of the Superior Court of Essex County. On September 9, 2013, Sweigart was sentenced to 3 years probation, 25 hours of community service and ordered to surrender his Waterfront registration with prejudice. Today, the Commission accepted that surrender with prejudice and revoked Sweigart’s registration as a longshoreman.

Checker Sentenced to Jail For Conspiracy to Defraud the United States
October 16, 2013
           Checker Vincent Fusella was sentenced yesterday in Federal District Court to two months in jail and ordered with his brother Gerardo Fusella to pay more than $ 1 million in restitution. Vincent Fusella had pleaded guilty on February 27, 2013, before the Honorable Kiyo A. Matsumoto in Federal District Court for the Eastern District of New York to Conspiracy to Defraud the United States under the First Count of his Thirty-One Count indictment. Fusella admitted to concealing wages and failing to pay FICA taxes to the IRS on behalf of workers at two trucking companies he and his brother Gerardo Fusella owned – The Fusella Group, LLC and Alpine Investment Group, Inc. His brother Gerardo was also sentenced yesterday and received a forty-six month prison sentence.
           Vincent Fusella was arrested on December 22, 2011 and his license as a Checker was suspended by the Commission that date pending an administrative hearing on the charges in the indictment. The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York prosecuted the criminal matter.

Seriously!!!  Daggatt thinks he has a reason to complain about the Waterfront Commission!
Finally, after all these years, they are starting to do their job.   Those wire taps must have
cleared out the bad guys.

Here's hoping they find something on Daggatt and get rid of him.   I feel bad for the union guys.
Losing so much of their money to the bosses.   The way it's going they might not even have a
retirement fund left!



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