Archive for January, 2018

Are UFCW Dues Going to the Mafia?

Recently, two UFCW bosses were indicted on serious charges. Frank Cognetta, the secretary-treasurer of UFCW Local 1D, was charged with racketeering and soliciting and accepting bribes. He is accused of putting millions of dollars’ worth of UFCW funds — from employee benefit, medical insurance, and disability plans — into annuities in exchange for kickbacks. According to Bloomberg BNA, Cognetta’s indictment alleges that he received nearly $500,000 in kickbacks.

Vincent D’Acunto, Jr.,  the secretary-treasurer of UFCW Local 2D, was charged with racketeering and extortion. He’s accused of conspiring to extort annual cash payments from another UFCW officer “by threatening the officer with violence and the loss of the officer’s job.” Prosecutors allege that Cognetta and D’Acunto and their co-defendants were “members and associates of the Genovese Crime Family of La Cosa Nostra… also known as the ‘Mob’ or the ‘Mafia.'”

Altogether, Cognetta was charged with nine counts: one count of racketeering, three counts of wire fraud, three counts of mail fraud, and two counts of bribery. It’s alleged that this long-running conspiracy began in or about 2001. If found guilty on all of these charges, Cognetta could be sentenced to over 120 years in prison. D’Acunto was charged with one count of racketeering and one count of extortion; if convicted on both counts, he could be sentenced to 40 years in prison.

 

 

 

Recently, two UFCW bosses were indicted on serious charges. Frank Cognetta, the secretary-treasurer of UFCW Local 1D, was charged with racketeering and soliciting and accepting bribes. He is accused of putting millions of dollars’ worth of UFCW funds — from employee benefit, medical insurance, and disability plans — into annuities in exchange for kickbacks. According to Bloomberg […]






4th Woman Accuses UFCW Boss

A fourth woman has stepped forward to accuse UFCW boss Mickey Kasparian of sexual harassment. The latest accuser is a county government employee, an SEIU union member, and a former SEIU executive committee member. As with the others who have accused Kasparian of sexual harassment, she too is a Latina.

According to her complaint, he sexually assaulted her several times between 2014 and 2016.  More specifically, she accuses him of repeatedly groping her and even pinning her down on a couch in his office at one point. In her lawsuit, she asserts that “Kasparian’s conduct was vile and despicable, and he acted with malice, oppression, fraud in conscious disregard of [her] rights and well-being” and that she “sustained … emotional distress, anxiety, humiliation and mental suffering” due to his actions.

During a recent deposition, she even expressed a fear of Kasparian — fearing both for her career and her personal safety. This is quite a reversal for a woman who once admired the union boss.

After more than a year, this scandal still shows no sign of dying down. How much longer will the UFCW continue to stand by its scandal-plagued man, Mickey Kasparian?

A fourth woman has stepped forward to accuse UFCW boss Mickey Kasparian of sexual harassment. The latest accuser is a county government employee, an SEIU union member, and a former SEIU executive committee member. As with the others who have accused Kasparian of sexual harassment, she too is a Latina. According to her complaint, he […]