Department of Labor announces criminal enforcement actions involving APWU, NALC officials

The U.S. Department of Labor — Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) announced the following criminal enforcement actions involving postal worker unions last month:

dolOn January 21, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, Athens Division, Cynthia Collins, former Secretary-Treasurer of American Postal Workers Union (APWU) Local 12 (located in Athens, Ga.), pled guilty to one count of embezzlement from a labor organization, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Atlanta-Nashville District Office.

On January 13, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, an information was filed against Salvatore E. Mauro, former President of American Postal Workers Union (APWU) Local 1236 (located in Salisbury, N.C.), charging him with one count of creating a false report, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(b). On January 14, 2015, Mauro pled guilty to the information. The indictment and guilty plea follow an investigation by the OLMS Atlanta-Nashville District Office.

On January 7, 2015, in the McCracken County, Kentucky Circuit Court, David Lynch, former President and Treasurer of National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Branch 383 (located in Paducah, Ky.), was sentenced to three years of incarceration (suspended to 30 days in county jail while on work release) and a minimum of two years of probation with probation continuing until restitution of $15,805 is paid in full. On October 14, 2014, Lynch pled guilty to felony theft by unlawful taking of more than $500 but less than $10,000. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati-Cleveland District Office.