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St. Louis-Kansas City Carpenters’ Regional Council Accused of Corruption and Defamation

A lawsuit brought forth by a compliance officer alleges that the St. Louis-Kansas City Carpenters’ Regional Council misspent thousands of dollars.

By NTK Staff | 11.27.2017 @4:00pm
St. Louis-Kansas City Carpenters’ Regional Council Accused of Corruption and Defamation

The St. Louis-Kansas City Carpenters’ Regional Council is accused of “stealing and squandering” thousands of dollars in union dues.

Jonathan Gould, who served as the compliance officer for the St. Louis-Kansas City Carpenters’ Regional Council, brought forth a lawsuit alleging that the Council “misspent thousands of dollars on ‘illegal’ shop policies and millions in legal fees to preserve them.”

“Union dues are being appropriated, stolen, embezzled and converted from the union coffers to inflate the pensions of Carpenters’ officials without the consent of the union members,” Gould told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported:

“The lawsuit stems from Gould’s termination in August 2014 after he accepted a nomination to oppose longtime incumbent Terrence Nelson to run the council, court records say. Moments after Gould accepted the nomination, Nelson allegedly told Gould, “You just lost your (expletive) job.”

“Gould, who describes himself in court filings as “a strong union man,” claims he was fired for exposing alleged fraud and theft in the run up to the council’s board election in 2014. His lawsuit claims the council has inflated paychecks and pensions for years for 51 executives through an “illegal vehicle policy” and of misspending dues money on airfare for spouses and on alcohol purchases at labor conventions. Gould also accused several individual union leaders of defamation for allegedly saying he was “a liar,” had “gone crazy,” and suffered mental breakdowns. Gould claimed leaders launched a whisper campaign against him by saying he took “kickbacks” through a secret rebate program for contractors.”

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