Friday, December 30, 2011

Court Sentences SEIU Official in Illinois

It looks like Tyrone Freeman is not the only SEIU official who's got problems with the law. The U.S. Department of Labor posted the following notice about John McMahon, the president of SEIU Local 335T in Chicago:

On October 20, 2011, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, John McMahon, former President of Workers United, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 335-T (located in Chicago, Ill.), was sentenced to two years probation including six months of home confinement.  McMahon was also ordered to pay $12,460 in restitution and a $25 special assessment.  On June 9, 2011, McMahon pled guilty to one count of making false entries in union financial records, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(c).  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.
So what did McMahon plead guilty to? Well, it looks like he stole $15,283 from the union's members while he was president. Here's what Local 335T's IRS tax return says:

Of course, McMahon's theft is small-time compared to the million-dollar heist that Tyrone Freeman committed while serving as the president of SEIU Local 6434 and a member of SEIU's International Executive Board. What kind of time does Freeman face if convicted of his crime? And which additional SEIU officials might be implicated in the crime? Hopefully, we'll get answers in 2012!