Former LIUNA Local Employee in Nevada Sentenced for Embezzlement

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If Las Vegas is the place to get lucky, then Aurora Rios hit the jackpot – sort of. On June 9, Rios, ex-office cashier for Laborers International Union of North America Local 872, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada to 18 months in prison, six months of home confinement, and three years of supervised release for embezzling funds from the Las Vegas union. Though ordered to pay $11,500 in restitution and $2,175 in fines, she could have owed a lot more. Rios had been charged in April 2010 with 21 counts of embezzling $167,500 and three counts of falsifying union records.

She pleaded guilty in April 2012. Rios was one of three persons charged in the case; the two others, Stacy Johnson and Aundrea Valerio, also pleaded guilty. The total theft, originally reported at $225,000, later was estimated at $320,000. The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

President, Secretary Sentenced for Theft from Chicago-Area AFGE Local

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On May 23, James Charleston, former local president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2107, was sentenced in federal court to a year and a day in prison, followed by 18 months of supervised release, for defrauding the North Chicago union. He also was ordered to pay $102,784 in restitution. Charleston had pleaded guilty in January of this year after being charged in July 2012.

Nearly two weeks later, on June 5, Mary Craigen, former secretary-treasurer for Local 2107, was sentenced to 90 days of home confinement, two years of probation, and 200 hours of community service for theft. She also was ordered to pay $8,975 in restitution. Craigen had pleaded guilty in November 2012 after being charged four months earlier.

Ex-Local 2107 Vice President Jacquelyn Pugh-Rodgers already had pleaded guilty in March 2013, and was sentenced that July for mail fraud exceeding $35,000. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.