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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Joisey union leaders arrested on embezzlement charges
2012-11-17
[North Jersey] Richard "Buzzy" Dressel -- a prominent and influential North Jersey labor leader who served on the boards of the Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation and Bergen Community College -- was jugged
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Thursday on charges of conspiring to steer more than $350,000 in union funds to his wife.
"Here ya go, babe!"
"What's this?"
"$350,000 in union funds! It's yer birthdy!"
"Why, honey! Youse shouldn'ta!"

Dressel, 63, of Montvale, the business manager and principal officer of Local 164 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, was arrested along with John M. DeBouter, 55, of Oakland, the local's president, after a two-year investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor.

An eight-count indictment charged the two officials with conspiring to embezzle funds from the Paramus-based local, which represents about 2,900 electrical workers in Bergen, Hudson and Essex counties, and its Joint Apprentice Training Fund, for the benefit of Kathleen Libonati, Dressel's second wife, and, indirectly, for Dressel himself.

Libonati, who married Dressel in June 2010, was named as a co-conspirator but was not charged in the indictment, which was returned by a federal grand jury in Newark on Oct. 24 and unsealed after both men were arrested at their homes early Thursday.
Posted by:Fred

#2  Raised in NJ in '50s/'60s and this was a standing headline in virtually all papers, combine the pols and you could fill the front page daily.
Posted by: AlanC   2012-11-17 09:33  

#1  Libonati, who married Dressel in June 2010, was named as a co-conspirator but was not charged in the indictment, which was returned by a federal grand jury in Newark on Oct. 24 and unsealed after both men were arrested
I think that's Dressel and DeBouter, not Dressel and Libonati.
Posted by: Skidmark   2012-11-17 01:38  

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