A Texas jury recently convicted Charles Crawley, the former president of Houston-based International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 988, of embezzlement, mail fraud and falsifying official union records. His sentencing is set for March 23.
U.S. Attorney General Don DeGabrielle said the scheme involved Crawley placing 362 phony ballots marked in his favor for union president into false return envelopes representing members of Local 988 whom Crawley believed would not be voting in the election.
Crawley was convicted of trying to ensure his re-election as union president by secretly increasing the number of votes registered on his behalf.
Local 988 is one of the largest Teamsters locals in Houston. The local represents more than 4,000 long-haul truckers as well as local truckers, UPS employees, car-haul truckers and bakery employees.