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Former SEIU union local president convicted of embezzlement

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The former president of California’s largest union local was found guilty by a federal jury in Los Angeles on Monday of stealing from the low-wage workers he represented.

Tyrone Freeman, who led Local 6434 of the Service Employees International Union, was convicted on 14 criminal counts, including embezzlement of union funds, violating tax laws and mail fraud.

As president of SEIU Local 6434 — the second-largest SEIU chapter in the nation — Freeman, 43, represented 160,000 low-wage healthcare workers who cared for the elderly and people with disabilities. He also represented 30,000 workers as president of the California United Homecare Workers.

Prosecutors accused Freeman of billing the union for “elaborate personal expenses,” including more than $8,000 in costs related to his 2006 wedding in Honolulu, according to court documents.

Freeman ostensibly was marrying Pilar Planells, his executive assistant at the union local. But at the time of the wedding, he was still married to his first wife, according to a trial memorandum filed by the prosecution earlier this month.

Former SEIU union local president Tyrone Freeman was convicted of embezzlement and other charges.

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  1. Menderman

    January 29th, 2013

    Corrupt Union bosses? Well, I do declare! What will happen next?

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  2. Claudia

    January 29th, 2013

    Why am I not surprised?

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  3. Stirrin the B.S.

    January 29th, 2013

    OMG, and he’s black – I’m shocked.

    Unions in general, and public service unions in particular, have become the vehicle for black restitution for the, oh so long ago, (can you say 1865) black slavery.

    It’s old, I’m tired of it, and you need to get a real life – even if it means a “white man’s life” – oh shudder, and heaven forbid….

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  4. serfer62

    January 29th, 2013

    Its not embezzelment to Holder’s People…its redistribution!

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  5. McFartus Spontaneous

    January 29th, 2013

    No way!

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  6. bubba

    January 29th, 2013

    bubba says that there must be a great misunderstanding.

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  7. KF

    January 29th, 2013

    He’s literally chinless.

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  8. Unions Suck

    January 29th, 2013

    Say it ain’t so!!

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  9. Dan Ryan Galt

    January 29th, 2013

    In other news, scientists discover that water is wet.

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  10. grayscape

    January 29th, 2013

    Other shocking headlines of the day:

    Water is wet!

    The sun is hot!

    The sky is blue!

    Chris Matthews is a racist!

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  11. Tony R

    January 29th, 2013

    Racism , straight up.

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  12. Poonces

    January 29th, 2013

    I don’t suppose it ever occurred to the crooks in California that when they really do bankrupt the state, they’ll have killed the golden goose.

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  13. Eleanor in Hell

    January 30th, 2013

    And a polygamist, too??

    Wow! That’s one helluva rap sheet… er.. résumé.

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  14. thirdtwin

    January 30th, 2013

    Mip Romney never hugged him, either. I declare a mistrial.

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