Hoffa's Corruption Connection

With multiple Hoffa appointees facing charges, the corruption probe turns to a scheme to rig the bidding for a lucrative Teamster benefit fund contract to award it to an investment firm owner that took Hoffa on multiple European golf junkets.


Top Hoffa administration officials rigged the bidding at a Teamster benefit fund to award a lucrative contract to an investment firm owner that took Hoffa and others on multiple European golf junkets.

A federal judge has cleared the way for obstruction charges to proceed against Ken Hall for blocking corruption investigations by the court-approved Independent Investigations Officer.

With multiple Hoffa appointees facing charges, the corruption probe now turns to Hoffa himself, along with Ken Hall, Hoffa adviser Richard Leebove, and IBT Benefits Director John Slatery.

They are all under investigation for rigging the bidding process for business with a Teamster benefit fund and awarding the contract to Charles Bertucio, an investment firm owner.

Bertucio cashed in on his relationship with Teamster officials by getting insurance companies to pay him a commission to land business with Teamster health benefit funds.

Bertucio hired Hoffa’s son, Geoffrey Hoffa, to “make introductions” and grease his way to Teamster Benefit Fund business.1

Bertucio bought access to Hoffa and top Teamster officials by taking them on golf trips to Europe, 2 flying them on private jets, and giving away tickets to the World Series and the NBA Finals. 3

In return, Hoffa’s inner circle rigged the bidding process at a Teamster benefit fund so Bertucio would get the account.

When Bertucio submitted a substandard bid to the VEBA Trust, a fund covering over 20,000 Teamsters, Rome Aloise and W.C. Smith shared inside information with Bertucio so he could restructure his bid, charge as much as possible and still land the business. 4

Hoffa advisor Richard Leebove monitored the Fund’s deliberations even though he is exclusively a campaign operative and has no role in Teamster benefit funds. 5

Ken Hall is also Trustee at the VEBA Trust.

Even though Bertucio submitted a substandard bid, Hall, Aloise and Smith all voted to award him the lucrative account.

Three months later, Bertucio took Hoffa, Smith, Leebove and others on a golf trip to Scotland to play at St Andrews.

Hoffa can try to claim that he knew nothing about an illegal scheme that involved his General Secretary Treasurer, his Executive Assistant, his top political strategist, and an IBT Vice President.

But the scheme has been exposed and documented by the Independent Investigations Officer for months and Hoffa still has done nothing except go to court to protect Ken Hall’s obstruction of the corruption investigation.

That tells you everything you need to know about Hoffa’s corruption.

It’s up to members to clean up our union.


  1. Sworn Deposition of Charles Bertucio, October 13, 2015.
  2. Independent Review Board Charges against Rome Aloise, February 10, 2016, pages 4-5.
  3. Sworn Deposition of Charles Bertucio, October 13, 2015.
  4. Declaration in Support of the Independent Investigations Officer’s Application for the Issuance of Subpoenas, United States of America v. International Brotherhood of Teamsters, 88 Civ. 4486 (LAP).
  5. Declaration in support of IIO Application for Issuance of Subpoenas for phone and bank records of W.C. Smith. August 29, 2016.

 Ken Hall’s Corruption Cover Up


Ken Hall faces charges for obstructing corruption investigations following a 42-page report from the Independent Investigations Officer (IIO) and a smack-down by federal Judge Loretta Preska.

What corruption was so damaging that Hall was willing to risk his own expulsion from the union rather than turn over evidence to investigators? Corruption that goes straight to the top.

According to the IIO, “The obstruction occurred when Hall and his agents knew that the Independent Investigations Officer was investigating the conduct of certain high-ranking officers, fund trustees and union employees, including Hall himself.”1

Hall refused to turn over emails that were on IBT computers claiming they were “personal and highly sensitive.”2

Emails requested by subpoena “mysteriously disappeared from the IBT email system.” 3 Others were withheld.

Hall withheld an email with the subject line, “Charlie Bertucio payout.” Hall is one of the Trustees under investigation for rigging the bidding process at a benefit fund to give a lucrative contract to Bertucio.

Three months later, Bertucio took Hoffa and other top officials golfing in Scotland at St Andrews.


  1. Report on Recommended Charges Against Ken Hall, General Secretary-Treasurer by Independent Investigations Officer, Pages 6-7
  2. Report on Recommended Charges, Page 13
  3. Report on Recommended Charges, Page 34-37
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