Hoffa Associates Charged

May 9, 2007: International Vice President Frank Gillen was charged on April 26 by the Independent Review Board (IRB) with giving false testimony under oath. He faces a hearing and could be expelled from the Teamsters Union, if the charge is sustained. Gillen is charged with lying to cover up his association with Thomas Ryan, who was banned from the Teamsters for embezzling union funds.

Gillen heads Local 500, Philadelphia Joint Council 53, the Pennsylvania Conference of Teamsters, and is an International Vice President for the Eastern Region, part of the Hoffa slate. These four salaries pay him $231,796 per year in salaries, plus many thousands in allowances.

Billy Hogan, the former president of Chicago Joint Council 25 and formerly Hoffa’s running mate, faces a hearing in federal court in New York on May 21. Hogan was expelled in 2002 from the Teamsters Union for colluding with a non-union employer that his family owned to sign a sweetheart deal undercutting Teamsters in Las Vegas.

Hogan now faces a charge of criminal contempt. He is charged with repeatedly violating his prohibition on involvement in the Teamsters Union.

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