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Former Union vice-president in Cleveland sentenced to two years probation, ordered to pay restitution for embezzlement - 08-851-CHI - [07/07/08]

CLEVELAND - Kristen Swint, former vice president and secretary treasurer of Machinists Inflight Aircraft Lodge 2339, Cleveland, has been sentenced to two years probation and ordered to pay $30,526 restitution after pleading guilty to falsification of union records.

Swint, sentenced in June, pled guilty following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS), Cleveland District Office. The case was prosecuted by Justin Roberts, Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Ohio.

OLMS is the federal law enforcement agency responsible for administering most provisions of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959 (LMRDA). The agency's criminal enforcement program includes investigations of embezzlement from labor organizations, extortionate picketing, deprivation of union members' rights by force or violence, and fraud in union officer elections. The agency's civil program receives and publicly discloses unions' annual financial reports, conducts compliance audits of labor unions and seeks civil remedies for violations of officer election procedures. In certain cases, OLMS also works with other Labor Department agencies, including the Employee Benefits Security Administration and the Office of Inspector General, as well as other law enforcement agencies including the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

OLMS's public disclosure Web site at contains union annual financial reports and additional reports required to be filed under the LMRDA as well as copies of collective bargaining agreements. Other information, including synopses of OLMS enforcement actions, is available at


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