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Ex-SEIU Local Exec Convicted of Stealing From Low-Income Members [Headed CA's Biggest Local!]
| January 28, 2013
| Paul Pringle and Hailey Branson-Potts
Posted on 01/29/2013 6:08:41 PM PST by Steelfish
Ex-SEIU Local Exec Convicted of Stealing From Low-Income Members
Paul Pringle and Hailey Branson-Potts January 28 A onetime rising star in national labor circles who headed California's biggest union local was convicted Monday on federal charges that he stole tens of thousands of dollars from his low-income members.
Tyrone Freeman, who represented about 190,000 homecare workers as a leader of the Service Employees International Union, was found guilty on 14 counts after a 10-day trial...
Jurors deliberated two and a half days before returning their verdict. The trial followed a nearly four-year investigation triggered by a series of Times reports (snip)
"This was a case about abuse and betrayal," U.S. Atty. André Birotte Jr. said in a statement after the verdict. "Freeman abused his position as leader of the SEIU, and he betrayed the hardworking people whose interests he was supposed to represent."
Freeman, 43, faces a maximum of more than 180 years in prison when he returns to court for sentencing in April. His attorneys declined to comment.
Monday's verdict marks the end of a steep fall from grace for a man groomed for a major role in the SEIU, the 2-million-member labor juggernaut that is a dominant force in worker organizing campaigns and Democratic elections from coast to coast.
As president of SEIU Local 6434 and an affiliated chapter of homecare workers, Freeman carried significant clout in Los Angeles, Sacramento and Washington, D.C., because he commanded deep sources of campaign money and foot soldiers.
In August, he was indicted on charges of embezzling from his statewide local of mostly $9-an-hour workers and using some of the stolen money to cover costs from his Hawaiian wedding. Other charges were mail fraud, violation of tax laws and giving false information to a mortgage lender.
His wife, Pilar Planells...
(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...
TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: corruption; democrats; fraud; seiu; unioncorruption; unions
posted on 01/29/2013 6:08:48 PM PST
These union types be pickin some strange “rising stars”.
posted on 01/29/2013 6:20:13 PM PST
by Past Your Eyes
(You knew the job was dangerous when you took it.)
Why is he an “ex”? Seems he’s got all the right qualities!
posted on 01/29/2013 6:24:06 PM PST
(Fighting Obama without Boehner & McConnell is like going deer hunting without your accordion)
posted on 01/29/2013 6:46:46 PM PST
Right to work vs. right to steal.
Washington is a crooked Union state. My wife is a member. To work in health care, you have to be in the union. They are not as obviously corrupt as in the OP, just a few bucks here and there to foster the commie ideology. At least she does not have to be part of the Liberal Death Panels, whatever their name is. She loves and cares for her clients which the Democrats may make illegal soon.
posted on 01/29/2013 7:24:08 PM PST
(Sarah Palin...The Flame of the North)
That would be the ‘ Independent Payment Advisory Board,’.
Do we have any names for these Nazi Fascist Bastar d s? or are they cowering and protected by their collaborators in the Vichy Press and Media?
They will be coming for your grandparents and parents soon. When the Democrats cut off their pain meds, of course, the old folks will be happy to die.
posted on 01/29/2013 7:32:47 PM PST
(Sarah Palin...The Flame of the North)
To: Past Your Eyes
These union types be pickin some strange rising stars.
This was his leadership training. If he can't handle the penny ante stuff, and it looks like he can't, then he is unqualified for rising in the ranks of the union.
Wow, what the heck did he have to do to get caught?
Wait, I know, I know... he tried to keep the loot for himself rather than giving his bosses the standard cut.
Should I use /sarc or /real? I'm not really sure.
posted on 01/29/2013 8:04:54 PM PST
(Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
Tyrone: “Bitch set me up!”
posted on 01/29/2013 8:05:23 PM PST
(Part of the 51% who pay Federal taxes)
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