Hoffa Corruption Investigation Heats Up

Did Hoffa and other top Teamster officials rig the bidding on contracts with Teamster benefit funds and take improper gifts and payoffs? Corruption investigators are in federal court and asking for subpoena power to find out the answer.

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The corruption and racketeering probe dates back to 2016, but it may be picking up steam. For the first time, corruption investigators are in court asking to subpoena bank records, including payment records to Hoffa and Ken Hall.

Attorneys for the Independent Investigation Officers filed an application in federal court on April 30 to subpoena payment records from banks, insurance brokers and healthcare providers to Hoffa, Hall, W.C. Smith, Rome Aloise, David Laughton, Kevin Moore, Steve Mack, John Murphy, Bill Hamilton, John Coli, Jack Cipriani, Geoffrey Hoffa, Richard Leebove, Greg Tarpinian, and others.

The Independent Investigations Officer is investigating whether luxury outings by these Hoffa administration officials and consultants were a gift from Charles Bertucio, an investment firm owner and insurance broker who was paid by health insurance corporations to land business with Teamster benefit funds.

Read the declaration filed in court by the Independent Investigations Officer here.

Bertucio made himself rich off of his relationship with Teamster officials and used golf trips, sports tickets and other gifts to land lucrative insurance business, until he was banned from having business or social contact with any Teamster.

A new declaration filed in the court by the Independent Investigations Officer details a long list of luxury outings taken by Hoffa administration officials, including golf trips to Ireland and Scotland, adventures in Alaska and South Carolina, and lavish meals and bar tabs in Las Vegas.

Hoffa administration officials are under investigation for rigging the bidding for contracts with a Teamster benefit fund in Bertucio’s favor—and then taking unreported gifts from the grateful broker.

When Bertucio submitted a substandard bid to the VEBA Trust, a fund covering over 20,000 Teamsters, Rome Aloise and Chief of Staff Willie Smith shared inside information with Bertucio so he could restructure his bid, charge as much as possible, and still land the business.

Bertucio landed the account and three months later, he took Hoffa, Smith and others on a golf trip to Scotland to play at St Andrews.

Aloise and W.C. Smith are currently suspended from IBT office for taking gifts from a Teamster employer during bargaining, among other offenses.  Coli has been expelled from the Teamsters and is under indictment in Chicago, charged with taking employer payoffs.

 


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  • commented 2018-05-07 13:17:30 -0400
    Soo..why wasn’t this ‘Heater’ On the whole IBT election 2016..the briefs were filed in plenty of time..too much attention on Hillary’s Emails & not enough on HALLS Emails !!??

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  • commented 2018-05-06 02:39:36 -0400
    and this is what our union stands for corruption,you cant tell me hoffa hasn’t taken pay offs from ups,its so obvious by the contracts he has shoved down members throats,if hoffa was really working for members ,there would be no such thing as give backs to a company as wealthy as ups.
  • commented 2018-05-05 23:20:31 -0400
    Listed names above =the usual suspects..why is that?, other than the obvious..all are HOFFA sycophants
    Why after a 1\4 century consent order & a unprincipled , Principal officer that Honorable E.Stier announced was compromised (2003),is this nearing the end of Decade# 2 of Hoffa the most Infamous name in LABOR still wallowing along !
    Anyone ( member. &general public etc.)1\2 comatose the last 16 years knows this to be so !!

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  • commented 2018-05-04 17:35:03 -0400
    it seems as though every one has forgotten about the pension cuts we were forced to take,no investigations into where our money went to.how much you wanna bet these pricks will cut us again
  • commented 2018-05-04 17:31:57 -0400
    while they are at it ,ask then to investigate why only the northeast took pension cuts at 29%,ask them to see where all if our money went to ,we have a right to know it is our money not hoffas,ask them to see why we too k cuts but hoffa and his crooks got raises and bonuses.god dam thier that includes bulgaro too
  • commented 2018-05-04 17:16:57 -0400
    The lawyers know how to get A 20 & out !!

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  • commented 2018-05-04 17:11:05 -0400
    Hoffa the most ‘famous name’ in labor RACKETEERING
  • commented 2018-05-03 21:26:35 -0400
    Nice going Hoffa living up on our dime ! What goes around comes around. We all know now who your looking out for yourself . Hope you get hung by your balls or at 10% of them ! Asshole
  • commented 2018-05-03 17:04:50 -0400
    Put this prick in prison and restore our pensions this bastard cut from us in the northeast by 29%. We who worked at ups for our lives and were forced to pay into the pension fund had our pensions cut because hoffa and bulgaro said our fund was broke. This union under hoffa control isn’t worth shit, all it is, is a bottomless money pit for their use.
  • published this page in News 2018-05-03 10:56:19 -0400
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