Associated Press

 

UNION OFFICIALS SENTENCED ON CHARGES OF FRAUD AGAINST LOCAL

 

 

07/08/1998

Two high-level union officials -- a father and son -- have been sentenced for defrauding the Laborers' International Union of $120,000 in benefits.

Joseph P. Mandarini, 39, of Medford, was sentenced Monday to four months in a halfway house, followed by four months of home detention and two years of supervised release.

Mandarini resigned last month as field representative of Laborers' International Union of North America Local 22. He made restitution of $45,170 to the union's Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

His father, Louis A. Mandarini Sr., 69, of Peabody, was sentenced by US Judge Richard Stearns to one year of probation and a $250 fine for failing to file financial disclosure documents required by the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act.

He paid the local union $44,830 in restitution last month.

Although the Mandarinis defrauded their employees of $120,000, both sides agreed that $90,000 in restitution was acceptable, a spokeswoman for the US attorney's office said.

The Mandarinis owned an asbestos removal company called MJM Asbestos Abatement Inc. In April 1993, it failed to pay $120,000 in benefits to its employees, members of the union's Local 22, prosecutors said.

When the Massachusetts Laborers Fund tried to collect the money, Joseph Mandarini gave them falsified documents, and Louis Mandarini failed to file required financial documents with the US Department of Labor.

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