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Monday, July 13, 1998






Federal Court Sentences Boston Officials Of LIUNA for Irregularities in Pension Fund


BOSTON (BNA) -- A federal court July 6 sentenced two top officers of Laborers Local 22, following their restitution of $90,000 to union benefit plans.


Joseph Mandarini, who resigned last month as Local 22 field representative, was sentenced to four months' confinement in a halfway house, four months' home detention, and two years' supervised release for making false statements in violation of the Employee Retirement Income and Security Act (U.S. v. Mandarini, D.C. Mass., No. 98-CR-10117-RGS, 7/6/98).


Under an arrangement with federal prosecutors, Mandarini made restitution last month of $45,170 to union plans and has agreed to debarment from ERISA and union office positions.


Louis Mandarini, Joseph's father and also an officer of Local 22, was sentenced 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 made restitution of $44,830 and will be debarred from ERISA and other union office positions.


The two officials were charged in April with making false statements and failing to file documents relating to $120,000 in withheld pension benefits. According to U.S. Attorney Gary Katzmann, local union plan officials told prosecutors that the combined payment of $90,000 satisfied existing delinquencies.


Joseph Mandarini was president and treasurer of M.J.M. Asbestos Abatement Inc., a family business that employed Local 22 members. Both Mandarinis hid company money and records from a collection agent retained by the Massachusetts Laborers Funds to collect delinquent MJM payments, prosecutors said.

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