Guilty! SEIU President Tyrone Freeman Convicted for EmbezzlementOn Feb 1, 2013 All Categories | Scandals | Union Mismanagement
Tyrone Freeman, former SEIU Local 6434 president, has been convicted of embezzlement, tax evasion, mail fraud and more- 14 criminal counts in total. This could mean a jail sentence of up to 180 years for 43-year-old Freeman, who will be sentenced in April.
“This was a case about abuse and betrayal,” U.S. Atty. André Birotte Jr. said in a statement after the verdict. “Freeman abused his position as leader of the SEIU, and he betrayed the hardworking people whose interests he was supposed to represent.”
As we’ve stated in our previous SEIU Monitor coverage of the Tyrone Freeman trial, a 180 year sentence is not likely, but hopefully justice will be served for the SEIU members whose dues money he recklessly spent on extravagance for himself.
While many SEIU members were eking out salaries of $9 an hour, Tyrone Freeman was busy embezzling money on top of his $200,000 a year salary. He arranged for special privileges, paid for his wedding in Hawaii, and put personal charges on the SEIU credit card.
But for justice to be truly done, there needs to be a shake-up within the SEIU- Tyrone Freeman was appointed President, and it is highly unlikely that nobody within the SEIU leadership knew about what he was doing with the dues money of rank-and-file membership.
A shakeup of the SEIU leadership is unlikely, but putting Freeman in jail will certainly be a good start.