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NLRB compliance officer fabricated victims, stole from compensation fund

Joe Mont | August 22, 2017

A former compliance officer for the National Labor Relations Board pleaded guilty this week to stealing more than $400,000 from an agency fund.

Hector “Sonny” Martinez, who worked in the NLRB’s Los Angeles office, was charged with the crime in June. He pleaded guilty on Aug. 21 in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The formal charges from the U.S. Attorney’s office include wire fraud and “aggravated identity theft.”

The fund at the center of the crime was established to compensate employees entitled to back pay because their employers violated federal labor rules and were ordered to make back pay awards.

Monetary damages related to lost wages, expenses, and interest, either are paid directly to employees by their employer or union, or are paid to NLRB headquarters in Washington D.C. and disbursed through its network of regional offices. The agency refers to all monetary damages as "back pay."

From April 1993 through July 2016, Martinez... To get the full story, subscribe now.