Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Exclusive: Michael Brennan Plea Transcript

Below is the plead transcript of Michael Brennan, the former crooked shop steward for Local 608 who pleaded guilty on Tuesday July 6, to racketeering charges in a scam that betrayed his fellow union members by letting a contractor-turned-informant defraud the union.

Brennan was among ten people named in a 29-count indictment on August 5, 2009 with stealing millions from the union and its benefit fund and led to the ouster of powerful NYC District Council of Carpenters boss leader Michael Forde, who tested positive for coke and pot after he was busted.

Brennan is the fourth shop steward to plead guilty in the case, along with Finbar O'Neill, the contractor prosecutors accused of delivering cash payments to indicted former carpenter boss Michael Forde, and who plead guilty on May 20, to making payments to Forde.

Five out of the ten co-conspirators named in the indictment have plead guilty, sentencing is expected in late October, after the Forde trial.

Forde goes to trial Sept. 7, along with two top former union leaders, John Greaney, and Brian Hayes, shop steward, Joseph Ruocco and Joesph Olivieri, a benefits trustee.

Transcript of 7.6 Plea

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