NEW YORK (Reuters) – The president of an Worldwide Longshoremen’s Affiliation department in New Jersey was arrested on Friday and charged with accepting not less than $150,000 of bribes over a decade from an organization that employed a few of its members.
Federal prosecutors in Manhattan stated Glenn Blicht, who leads Native 1964 in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey, demanded bribes in alternate for not pursuing arbitration claims in opposition to the unnamed employer, which cooperated with the probe.
Blicht, 57, of Wilton, Connecticut, was charged with one rely every of trustworthy companies fraud and receiving unlawful funds as a labor union official. The costs carry most jail phrases of 20 years and 5 years, respectively.
“Glenn Blicht abused his place because the president of a labor union to line his personal pockets,” U.S. Lawyer Geoffrey Berman in Manhattan stated in a press release. “He didn’t struggle for his union members — the hard-working people whose pursuits he was duty-bound to guard.”
A lawyer for Blicht didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark. Native 1964 and its guardian didn’t instantly reply to related requests.
In line with a prison grievance, Blicht advised the employer it was getting a “sweetheart deal” by making bribe funds he known as “tickets,” every price $1,000.
However when the employer halted the funds on the request of the federal government, an “irritable” Blicht started making threats, together with to pursue arbitration claims, the grievance stated.
Prosecutors stated Blicht made one such menace on a recorded name eight days in the past, when he confirmed a July 26 assembly for the employer to ship 10 tickets, or $10,000, and for him to cancel an arbitration scheduled for that day.
“Don’t screw me on this,” Blicht was quoted as telling the employer. “Trigger in the event you do — this isn’t a menace, it’s a promise — you’re gonna remorse it.”
The employer has pleaded responsible to violating tax regulation and the Taft-Hartley Act limiting the facility of labor unions, based on a footnote within the grievance.
The case is U.S. v. Blicht, U.S. District Courtroom, Southern District of New York, No. 19-mag-06795.
Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Modifying by Susan Thomas