Investigation of Teamsters Multi-State Branch's Corruption is Ongoing

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Members of the Blaine-based Teamsters union Local 120 await results of an investigation into corruption of their former top-ranking union officers, reports MPR.
A father and son duo, Brad Slawson Sr. and Brad Slawson Jr. are the focus of an investigation by the Independent Review Board (IRB), a body commissioned by the U.S. Justice Department to tackle corruption across U.S. Teamsters union branches reports the Star Tribune. The review board is a result of a 1989 consent decree between the Teamsters and the Justice Department in order to dodge racketeering charges against the union, said the Star Tribune.
The Teamsters international union ousted the Slawsons from their leadership roles, at least temporarily, on Nov. 13 while Local 120 has been placed into emergency trusteeship, reports the Star Tribune.
The Star Tribune reports the Slawsons were each earning six-figure salaries in their positions as president and secretary-treasurer of Local 120. The 11,661 members of the local were unaware that the Slawsons were also receiving payment from a Fargo bar reports the Star Tribune.
MPR reports allegations in the IRB's report include more than $200,000 of unaccounted for beer and liquor from the Fargo bar between 2010 and 2011. The Slawsons allegedly used union funds to abruptly change a building contract for the local's office construction and pay $90,000 to Todd Chester, a close friend of Slawson Jr. and father to one of Slawson Sr.'s grandchildren reports MPR.
Neither of the officers have faced criminal charges to date reports MPR. If the pair is successfully charged with the allegations they could be banned from officer positions in the Teamsters union along with other criminal offenses reports the Star Tribune.

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