United States Attorney's Office for the District of New Hampshire

06/25/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/25/2019 15:15

Hooksett Man Pleads Guilty to Embezzling Labor Union Assets

CONCORD - Dennis Robertson, 43, of Hooksett, pleaded guilty in federal court to embezzling labor union assets, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Robertson served as the business manager for a local union based in New Hampshire for approximately 14 years until his dismissal in or around March 2017. He was the only full-time paid officer or employee of the local union, which had approximately 140 to 170 dues-paying members. Robertson's duties included managing finances, receiving dues, dispatching workers, and handling grievances.

Robertson had access to the organization's bank accounts. After Robertson left the union in approximately March of 2017, an audit revealed substantial financial discrepancies under Robertson's tenure. In sum, this review revealed that between August 2015 and February 2017, Robertson wrote and signed unauthorized expense checks to himself and made unauthorized cash withdrawals from the union's checking account in the approximate amount of $23,519. He additionally embezzled union funds in two other ways: (1) by making unsupported mileage payments to himself of approximately $11,333 and (2) failing to disclose cash dues payments he received from members in the amount of approximately $3,045.

Robertson is scheduled to be sentenced on October 1, 2019.

'Union members place substantial trust in those who handle union finances,' said U.S. Attorney Murray. 'When individuals betray that trust and take money for their personal use, they will be held accountable for their unlawful conduct.'

'Combatting financial fraud and investigating embezzlement of union funds helps safeguard financial integrity in labor unions,' said DOL-OLMS Northeastern Regional Director Andriana Vamvakas. 'This is a major priority for the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Labor-Management Standards. We will work with the United States Attorney's Office to identify criminal violations and pursue appropriate legal action whenever anyone puts personal financial gain ahead of the best interests of union members.'

This matter was investigated by the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Labor Management Standards. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles L. Rombeau.

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