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A former Detroit union boss was indicted for using his authority to extort roughly $300,000 from workers he represented, investigators said Wednesday.
John Hamilton was president of the Operating Engineers Local 324 from 2003 until 2012. He was charged with using funds meant for union elections for personal benefit. Hamilton made union employees pay $5,000 per year for the campaign fund. He also threatened union employees with termination if they complained.
“Union leaders who misuse their positions to enrich themselves at the detriment of the hard-working men and women for whom they serve will be held accountable for their actions,” Special Agent in Charge Jared Koopman said. “The fact that Mr. Hamilton concealed his activities and used the very jobs he was elected to protect as leverage to obtain money makes this case even more egregious,”