Friday, October 30, 2020

Former Teamsters official sentenced to 18 months for bribery


Former Hudson Valley Teamsters official John Ulrich was sentenced on Wednesday to 18 months in prison for shaking down a businessman for $55,000 in bribes.

Ulrich, 50, of Newburgh was a vice president of Local 812 of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, representing 3,000 beverage industry workers in the New York region. He also was a trustee of the employee health benefit plan.

Ulrich solicited bribes from Patrick Paolucci, the owner of Crossroads Healthcare Management, a Staten Island company that administered the health plan.

The Teamsters were Paolucci’s largest client, but in 2013, according to court records, the union was looking for a new administrator, putting the Crossroads Healthcare contract at risk.

- Advertisement -

Ulrich approached Paolucci during a union meeting in Lake George, mentioned he was having financial difficulties, and offered to influence the union’s choice of administrator. The price was $5,000 every three months.

Paolucci agreed. He has since pleaded guilty to his role in the scheme and is awaiting sentencing.

In 2014, Ulrich demanded an additional $3,000 per quarter, in part, to pay off another health fund trustee.

In 2015, he demanded another $3,000 per quarter, increasing the payoff to $11,000. Paolucci balked, according to court records, and the scheme began to unravel as more people became aware of the bribes.

- Advertisement -

The Teamsters removed Ulrich as an officer and trustee in 2016.

He was indicted last year. He pleaded guilty in a plea agreement to receiving bribes to influence the health fund.

Assistant U.S. Prosecutors Eli J. Mark and Louis A. Pellegrino recommended a prison sentence of 18 to 24 months.

Ulrich’s attorney, Michael K. Burke of White Plains, recommended a sentence of six months of home confinement.

Burke cited a history of physical and psychological diseases that would put Ulrich at high risk in prison, particularly now as prisons have become a breeding ground for Covid-19.

U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres, in Manhattan federal court, sentenced Ulrich to 18 months in prison and two years of supervised release. She ordered him to forfeit $55,000 and pay restitution, and she banned him from being employed by a union or employee health plan for 13 years.


Ukraine’s court strips critical power from anti-corruption agency

Ukraine's Constitutional Court has stripped the country’s anti-corruption agency of some of its critical powers. The high court’s ruling published on October 28 declared it...

Former South Korean President Lee Myung-bak sent back to prison for 17 years in corruption case

Former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak was ordered back to prison on Thursday (Oct 29) as the country's Supreme Court upheld a 17-year jail...

Nigerian court declines to issue international arrest warrant for fugitive ex-Petroleum Minister in corruption case

The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, on Wednesday, refused an application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for an arrest...

South Korea’s former Vice Justice Minister sentenced to jail for bribery and sexual favors

Former Vice Justice Minister Kim Hak-eui, the figure at the center of one of Korea’s biggest political sex scandals, was placed under pretrial detention...

Beam Suntory Inc. fined $19.6 million in foreign bribery case

Beam Suntory Inc. (Beam), a Chicago-based company that produces and sells distilled beverages, has agreed to pay a criminal monetary penalty of $19,572,885 to...

Subscribe For More

Get our daily notification on the latest financial crimes news around the World


Latest News

This Week

Swiss court upholds money-laundering conviction of ex-Ukrainian lawmaker Martynenko

A Swiss court has upheld the conviction of former Ukrainian lawmaker Mykola Martynenko for laundering via Swiss banks millions of dollars worth of kickbacks...

Operators of fake theology school accused of stealing $12 million in student aid

Six people from three states are charged with defrauding $12 million from federal student aid programs by allegedly enrolling students into a theology school...

Former solicitors used 60 fake identities, homeless people to defraud banks

A married couple who are former solicitors created 60 false identities, donned disguises and paid homeless people for their PPS numbers in order to...

Bribery trial of former San Angelo police chief Tim Vasquez delayed until 2021

The trial of former San Angelo police chief Tim Vasquez will not happen until 2021, according to court documents. The trial, originally set for...

Adblock Detected!

Our website is made possible by displaying online advertisements to our visitors. Please consider supporting us by whitelisting our website.

Enable Notifications    Ok No thanks