Bonehead Of The Day

So much for evil corporations stealing from their exploited workers and the union being there to look after the best interests of the little guy….

Former leader of major California union faces theft, tax charges
After a years-long probe, Tyrone Freeman, once a rising star in the nation’s labor movement, is indicted on federal charges of stealing from SEIU workers to enrich himself. The 15-count indictment, which also contains allegations that he violated tax laws and gave false information to a mortgage lender, carries combined maximum prison sentences of more than 200 years.

Remember this the next time a goon or Occupy sympathizer gets in your face and tells you how wonderful their union is. There’s no way Tyrone Freeman is an anomaly.

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  • NormaJFHarrison

    He was just undoing all the injustice that had been/is being done to ‘his’ people.

  • Tallyman

    Unions and their hierarchical leadership, where successors are chosen by the present leader are fertile ground for corruption.   Lord Acton wrote, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority, still more when you superadd the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority. There is no worse heresy than that the office sanctifies the holder of it.”       The media and the union structures create the heresy that the leadership serves the members’ interests.

    Why was this swine caught?  Because he moved outside the protection afforded within the union structure and its Democrat protectorate with his mortgage, wedding and relatives pocketing money.   He was likely trapped by one or more of his fellow union swine who knew they could get a payoff from the IRS while remaining totally protected for a report  of tax evasion, or taxes not paid on benefits, and/or cash given to relatives, but not reported by those relatives as income.    Too many loose ends for Holder’s DOJ to hide and sacrificing one union swine to protect many other union swine was chosen.  Is there honor among Union thugs, Democrat lawyers and/or Eric Holder?  One swine will be sacrificed to save the large Union herd.

    • http://black-and-right.com Black & Right

      And considering the group in question, isn’t it interesting it was the black swine who was sacrificed…?

      • n.n

        It’s less likely because he is black, than because he didn’t play the game properly.  In order to play and escape unscathed, it is necessary to amass sufficient leverage in order to defer scrutiny.  Clearly he was ill-prepared for the day of reckoning.

        As for the others, rarely are high-level players held accountable short of deposition during a revolution.  Even then, their downfall comes at the hand of a competing interest, or some union thereof, which has progressed to exert greater leverage.

        The rules vary according to the state of civilization, but the underlying principles are inviolable.

      • Tallyman

        Quote from article: “The lawyers said the SEIU pressured the U.S. attorney’s office to prosecute Freeman. ‘He looks forward to his day in court,’ Zweiback said.”    Or, this is an internal power struggle where he may not be part of the chosen people.  All the tax fraud issues point to an insider making the complaint to seek the financial percentage reward (totally anonymously) and at the same time remove him from leadership.  There’s lots of union cash to skim and divert and he being Black, he did not have had the interlocking family connections of other SEIU leaders.

        “Small-time crooks: The IRS’s informant program has been around for more than 140 years. If you suspect a person is committing tax fraud and report it, you could receive up to 15% of the amount that has been underpaid, with a maximum award of $10 million.”    That’s 15% of $130,000 for his wife’s owed taxes and most likely much more for his underpaid taxes.

  • TexRex

    I’m just wondering how this guy fell through the Holder safety net…

  • n.n

    I wouldn’t attribute this behavior to unions.  There are some motivating causes which need to be explored, including: monopolies or monopolistic practices, authority-like manipulation of the market, and a perception which places the forest before the trees.  As well as a reduction of competing interests which serve to keep the honest people honest and others from running amuck.  While centralizing schemes may potentially exceed the efficiency of distributed schemes, they also have a predisposition toward corruption and facilitating the abuse of power.

    As for COWS, they have taken it upon themselves to act as an authority when they elect to confront private interests.  They are no different than the CFO who believed it was justified to commit collateral damage by verbally attacking the Chick-fil-A employee.  Both failed because our society does not respect a perception which engenders a presumption or assignment of guilt without proving culpability.  Observing a simple correlation does not meet the burden of proof required to justify condemnation.

    • The Machine

      ‘K, then how about attributing unions to this behavior?

      • n.n

        They do have a long-running history of it, don’ they?  Actually, from the beginning.

        They may serve a legitimate purpose in the private sector (as a competing interest); but, they should be illegal in the public sector, where their existence undermines the democratic process, thereby disenfranchising the people they serve.