Longshoremen union president convicted in no-show job case

The Longshoremen’s union (ILA) continues to be on the Big Labor bad-boy list at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Inspector General’s union racketeering division.  While a union officer, Frank Rago, who was president of Local 1604 and an ILA international representative, “made unlawful payments and falsified documents.” More from the Stoneham Patch:

A Stoneham man and former International Representative of the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) was sentenced to one year and one day in prison on charges that he made unlawful payments and falsified documents Monday in U.S. District Court in Boston, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press statement.

At Monday’s sentencing, the court dismissed a second conviction of unlawful labor payments, the statement reads. Rago was also sentenced to three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $216,384 in restitution and $10,000 forfeiture.

Upon being appointed as an ILA representative, Rago secured a no-show job with the employer of Local 1604 members so that he could continue making his prior linehandler’s salary without performing any work, the statement reads. Rago directed that his salary would be financed from deductions from the contractual wage earnings of the Local 1604 members.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Mark Neylon, District Director, Boston District Office for the United States Department of Labor – Office of Labor Management Standards; and Robert Panella, Special Agent in Charge of the Office of Inspector General – Office of Labor Racketeering and Fraud Investigations for the United States Department of Labor; made the announcement Monday.

From a 2008 DOL report that the Obama DOL has discontinued providing:

On September 15, 2008, in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Frank Rago, President of International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) Local 1604 (located in Boston, Mass.) was indicted with failure to maintain records and making false entries in union and Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) records. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Boston District Office.