On Monday, April 29, 2013 Carpenter boss Michael Bilello was booted from his post by the court appointed Review Officer (RO) Dennis Walsh and became the fifth district council leader to run afoul with the law and unable to beat the jinx.
Bilello, 55 was elected on December 15, 2011 to head the New York City & Vicinity District Council of Carpenters after vowing reforms to the union. He reneged on his vows and violated several union rules — including directing a schedule pay raise into the Welfare Fund without proper authorization and letting a suspended union member work at the Javits Center and then lie about it.
Bilello violations won't land him a prison sentence, but do add to the Jinx
- Mr. Bilello’s immediate predecessor, Michael Forde, is serving an 11-year term in federal prison for taking bribes
- Frederick W. Devine was convicted in 1998 of embezzlement
- Paschal McGuinness was acquitted of bribery but resigned in 1994 as part of a consent decree that settled a federal civil racketeering case and placed the union under court oversight
- Theodore Maritas did not make it to court: he vanished in 1982 on the eve of his trial on mob-tied extortion charges, leaving behind only a wallet found floating near the Throgs Neck Bridge