From the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Labor-Management Standards come the following updates on union corruption investigations in Michigan:

  • On March 8, 2010, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, David Miller, former Treasurer of Litchfield Independent Workers Union Local 373 (located in Litchfield, Mich.), pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $50,501.99. On January 6, 2010, Miller was indicted on one count of embezzling union funds in the same amount. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit District Office.
  • On March 4, 2010, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, an information was filed charging Jerrold King, former President of Steelworkers Local 842 (located in Detroit, Mich.), with one count of concealing union records. The information follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit District Office.
  • On March 2, 2010, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Brenda Bywater, former Treasurer of American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 100 (located in Pontiac, Mich.), pled guilty to one count of making false entries in union records. On December 16, 2009, an information was filed charging Bywater with the same offense. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit District Office.

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Ted Nelson is a retired Michigan State Police officer who trained police departments throughout the state on civil asset forfeiture. He believes the practice has been misused and needs to change.

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