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According to the U.S. Department of Labor Relations, Embezzlement is a Common Practice Among SPFPA Leaders

Kemberly Fields, former President of Security, Police, and Fire Professionals of America (SPFPA) Local 300, was sentenced to three years of confinement

November 7, 2012: In the Texas 176th Criminal District Court, Kemberly Fields, a former Texas commissioned law officer and former President of Security, Police, and Fire Professionals of America (SPFPA) Local 300 (located in Harris County, Tex.), was sentenced to three years of confinement and was ordered to pay $5,644.40 in restitution and a $5,000 fine.  On November 5, 2012, a jury found Fields guilty following a trial for aggregate theft from a nonprofit organization, in violation of Texas Criminal Statute Section 31.03. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS New Orleans District Office. (See original report.)

April 17, 2012: In the Harris County, Texas District Court, Kemberly Fields, former President of Security Police and Fire Professionals of America (SPFPA), Local 300 (located at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Tex.), was charged and arrested for embezzling approximately $23,000 in union funds, in violation of Texas Statute 32.45 – Misapplication of Fiduciary Property.  The charge and arrest follow an investigation by the OLMS New Orleans District Office.

April 6, 2012: In the United States for the Eastern District of Virginia, Joseph Meizlik, former President of Security, Police, Fire Professionals of America (SPFPA) Local 454 (located in Fort Lee, Va.), was sentenced to four years of probation and was ordered to pay restitution of $9,122.44 and a $100 special assessment.  On January 6, 2012, Meizlik pled guilty to one count of embezzling $9,122.44 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office.

January 6, 2012: In the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Joseph Meizlik, former President of Security, Police, Fire Professionals of America (SPFPA) Local 454 (located in Fort Lee, Va.), pled guilty to one count of embezzling $9,122.44 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office.

December 2, 2011: In the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, an information was filed against Joseph Meizlik, former President of Security, Police, Fire Professionals of America (SPFPA) Local 454 (located in Fort Lee, Va.), charging him with one count of embezzling $9,122.44 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office.

November 23, 2011: In the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Sherry Thompson, former Financial Secretary for Security, Police, Fire Professionals of America (SPFPA) Local 121 (located in Detroit, Mich.), was charged in a criminal complaint with embezzling $17,578.62 in union funds, filing a false financial report, and making false entries in union records. The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Detroit District Office.

December 7, 2009: In the United States District Court for the District of Arizona, Roger Wuest, former Secretary-Treasurer of Security Police and Fire Professionals (SPFPA) (located in San Bernardino, Calif.), was sentenced to one year of probation. On September 24, 2009, Wuest pled guilty to a charge of concealment or destruction of union records. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Phoenix Resident Investigator Office.

Workers Find SPFPA Hardball Tactics Distasteful

A campaign to organize MGM Mirage security guards has turned ugly, with the union’s lead organizer comparing casino executives to terrorists and threatening to bring homeless people and prostitutes to the picket line to make things unpleasant for the company’s customers.

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Steve Maritas

The hardball tactics come as no surprise to anyone who knows the organizer, Steve Maritas. He was convicted in San Diego of stalking his former girlfriend, who he says tricked him into violating a court order to keep his distance. And he says he learned a lot about the union business from his father, a former president of a 30,000-member carpenters district council in New York City who was indicted on racketeering charges.

Click here to read the full Las Vegas Sun News article.

Feds Investigate SPFPA Union Leader

Federal agents have raided the home of a Michigan-based labor boss amid allegations that he may have stolen money from union members who guard nuclear power facilities and a NASA space center, according to the Detroit News .

David L. Hickey

David L. Hickey

The newspaper reported Friday that David Hickey, international president of the Security, Police, and Fire Professionals of America, is apparently the target of a racketeering and fraud investigation being carried out by the Labor Department.

In an exclusive report, the News said Hickey’s home in Troy, Mich., was recently raided, along with the union’s headquarters in Roseville. The investigators seized financial records and even cases filled with magic tricks from Hickey’s home, apparently in an effort to establish a money trail that would substantiate allegations of embezzlement.

Peter Henning, a former federal prosecutor who now teaches law at Wayne State University, told the News that agents must suspect that the magic materials were purchased with money embezzled from the union.

“If you find a bag of money, you take the bag of money,” Henning told the paper. “If you have a bag of tricks, then you seize the bag of tricks.”

The 58-year-old Hickey, who, as it turns out, is a magician, declined to comment. But his attorney, Robert Morgan, confirmed that the authorities were looking for evidence in order to charge his client with embezzlement of union funds.

“I’m confident that when the government goes through all the records that there’s not going to be any basis to charge Mr. Hickey with the offense of embezzlement of union assets,” Morgan told the News.

Asked why the union leader’s magic tricks may have been seized, Morgan said: “The intriguing is intriguing.”

Federal authorities, meanwhile, gave no indication of how much money is alleged to have been taken. But according to the News the union’s recent annual report puts its cash assets at $4.7 million.

The union itself is small, with only 24,519 members. But it bills itself as the oldest and one of the most important security police unions in the country. Its members, for example, stand guard at nearly half the nation’s 104 nuclear facilities, as well as the Kennedy Space Center, and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. (See original report.)

SPFPA Hit With NLRB Charges for Forcing Employees into Union

A group of eight Securitas Security Services employees filed federal charges against a local union and their employer earlier this week for illegally forcing union monopoly representation and mandatory union fees on the employees without a showing of majority support for the union.

With free legal aid from the National Right to Work Foundation, the employees – who are employed by Securitas in Grand Blanc – recently learned that their employer has recognized the Security, Police, and Fire Professionals of America (SPFPA) union hierarchy as their monopoly bargaining agent. The employees were unaware of any union organizing campaign occurring in their workplace and a vote never took place.

Federal labor law requires that union officials must show majority support within a workplace before company officials can recognize the union.

The employees were forced to sign union dues deduction authorizations – used by union officials to automatically withhold dues from employee paychecks – and are currently paying dues to the union in order to keep their jobs.

The NLRB regional office in Detroit will now investigate the charges and decide whether to issue a formal complaint and prosecute the union and company.

“Michigan desperately needs a Right to Work law to prevent union organizing abuses such as this woeful act of collusion between union and company officials,” said Patrick Semmens, legal information director of the National Right to Work Foundation. “Folks trying to make a living should not be conscripted and forced to pay tribute to a union in order to get or keep a job.” (See original report)