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Former Teamsters Leader Faces Extortion Charges

The former head of a local chapter of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, which represents industry workers, was arrested Tuesday on federal charges...

NEW YORK — The former head of a local chapter of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, which represents industry workers, was arrested Tuesday on federal charges of extorting money and personal services during his 15-year tenure.

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Anthony Rumore, the 63-year-old ex-president of Teamsters Local 812 and the IBT Joint Council 16, was seized at his Manhattan home on charges of extortion and embezzling assets of a labor organization, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District said. Local 812 represents between 3,000 and 4,000 union members working in the soft drink, brewery, needle trade, and industrial and textile industries in the New York City region. Joint Council 16 is described in the indictment as a “component” of the Teamsters union responsible for coordinating activities between local Teamsters unions in the area.

Rumore served as president of Local 812 from 1988 until September 2004, and was president of Joint Council 16 from 1997 until September 2004.

Federal prosecutors allege that Rumore used Local 812’s officers and employees as his de facto personal assistants and laborers. He is also accused of taking union funds and assets for personal use.

Union staffers “reasonably feared Rumore would cause them to suffer economic harm — including the loss of their employment with Local 812 — if they did not comply with Rumore’s demands,” according to the indictment.

The indictment alleges that union officers and staff members were forced to pick up Rumore’s daughters from high school on a daily basis. In October 2000, Rumore used staff to help prepare for his daughter’s wedding, having them run wedding-related errands and chauffeuring his wife and daughter to dress stores. Staff members were also sent to his home in Lakeview, Pa., about 150 miles from the city, to perform as laborers and chauffeurs. According to the indictment, Local 812 employees spent two weeks installing a new roof, skylight and deck at the home. They were also sent out to mow the lawn, clean gutters and move personal belongings.

If convicted of the charges, Rumore faces a maximum sentence of 25 years. He had not been arraigned at press time.