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Union Corruption Case Exposes Missing Millions in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, a union corruption case has revealed that officials misused $1.8 million in funds for a trust that remains unaccounted for, leading to the destruction of evidence regarding its existence. The case, initiated in 2020 by The Fairness Center on behalf of Cory Yedlosky, William Weyant, and Chris Taylor—three workers at a state prison—alleges the misappropriation of $20,000 by the treasurer of the local chapter of the Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers Association between 2009 and 2018. Despite raising concerns with union executive board members in Harrisburg, the workers’ complaints were disregarded.

An internal forensic audit later revealed over $400,000 in credit charges for personal expenses by local and state union leaders, including a $12,000 Rolex, Miami Dolphins game tickets, $3,000 bar tabs, and luxury golf trips. In 2023, five senior union officials were charged with forgery and theft, with court orders to repay nearly $82,000, of which about $23,000 has been returned.

The plaintiffs are seeking a summary judgment to recover their union dues and legal expenses, demanding the return of all misused funds with interest. This lawsuit highlights a broader issue of union corruption in the United States, drawing the attention of Congress. Rep. Virginia Foxx has requested information on fraud prevention policies from 12 unions, representing approximately 7.8 million workers.


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