A federal jury in Trenton, N.J. has returned guilty verdicts against a former hiring agent at International Terminal Operating Co. and four members of the International Longshoremen's Association in an embezzlement scheme that victimized Local 1588 of the ILA in Bayonne, according to U.S. Attorney Robert J. Cleary. Joseph Lore, 63, of Bayonne, a former hiring agent at ITO, was found guilty of conspiring to receive in excess of $750,000 in union funds as a result of a multi-faceted scheme to skim union monies between 1991 and 1999. Also convicted of conspiracy were Denise Bohn of Bayonne, Local 1588's office manager; Joseph Pelliccia of Bayonne, Local 1588's vice president; William Hurley, of Jersey City, a Local 1588 business agent, and Thomas Rackley of Edison, the Local 1588 environmental representative.
The U.S. Attorney's office says the main source of the embezzled funds was a salary diversion scheme where one-half of the salaries of all officers and select union employees were diverted in cash to Lore on a weekly basis over a nine-year period.Daniel Welsh, Lore's attorney, said he was 'disappointed in the verdict' and will appeal.
He said that the prosecutor's case depended on the testimony of cooperating witnesses including the present and past president of Local 1588.