Tyrone Freeman was the president of SEIU Local 6434 in the Los Angeles area, making $200,000 a year. He represented 190,000 “homecare workers” as a rising star of SEIU. He was found guilty on 14 counts of embezzlement. He was reportedly “handpicked” by the powerful Andy Stern, Obama’s close friend and union crony. Here’s how Freeman’s downfall started (note how Andy Stern ‘forced’ nursing home workers to join SEIU):
The union of low-wage caregivers that Tyrone Freeman once headed has taken him to court to demand restitution of more than $1.1 million — dues money that allegedly financed his lifestyle of $175 glasses of cognac, $250 bottles of wine and a $3,400 trip to the NFL‘s Pro Bowl in Hawaii.
The lawsuit filed by a Los Angeles-based chapter of the Service Employees International Union opens another legal front in a scandal that dates to last summer and remains the subject of a federal criminal investigation. Source: Los Angeles Times April 1 2009.
The conviction was announced on January 28th:
Freeman, 43, faces a maximum of more than 180 years in prison when he returns to court for sentencing in April. His attorneys declined to comment.
Monday’s verdict marks the end of a steep fall from grace for a man groomed for a major role in the SEIU, the 2-million-member labor juggernaut that is a dominant force in worker organizing campaigns and Democratic elections from coast to coast.
As president of SEIU Local 6434 and an affiliated chapter of homecare workers, Freeman carried significant clout in Los Angeles, Sacramento and Washington, D.C., because he commanded deep sources of campaign money and foot soldiers…
The government’s case against Freeman centered on an alleged scheme in which he was accused of boosting his salary by illegally directing Local 6434 money to the affiliated organization he led, California United Homecare Workers. He was charged with similarly defrauding a union-funded nonprofit group devoted to building homes for low-wage workers. Source: Los Angeles Times
Going back to 2008:
SEIU Pres Andy Stern is seeking to consolidate hundreds of thousands of workers in California and force them into a homecare workers local led by hand picked operative Tyrone Freeman. It has now been revealed that Stern’s ally is California has been using hundreds of thousands of dollars to pay his family members for video and pr services. The many workers of the local earn around $9.00 an hour. Source: California
(DANBURY, CT – July 17, 2012) In the hours leading up to the strike by the New England Health Care Employees Union, District 1199 SEIU (the Union) against five HealthBridge Management Health Care Centers in Connecticut, Union members engaged in multiple illegal and dangerous acts against Center residents.
Residents’ wristbands were removed and discarded. Names on patient doors and wheelchairs were changed. Stickers indicating how residents could safely be fed were removed. The names of residents in memory care units were switched. The perpetrators took these actions deliberately, with the clear knowledge that they would put residents at severe risk of receiving the wrong medications, improper dosages of medications, or foods they should not eat.
Apparently “force” worked as since 2008, with unemployment sky-rocketing, this particular local has gained 30,000 workers.
Freeman’s wife, Pilar Panells has pled guilty to “a tax charge” involving more than $540,000. Freeman is facing a sentence of 180-years in prison (laughable, isn’t it?). If the jury was not overwhelmingly Black, expect a mistrial.