CONCORD — A Hooksett man was sentenced in federal court last week to three years probation and ordered to pay more than $37,000 in restitution for embezzling more than $23,000 in funds from a labor union that employed him as a business manager for more than a decade.
Dennis Robertson, 43, of Hooksett, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Concord, U.S. Atty. Scott Murray announced.
The court’s sentence includes restitution to make the local union and its insurer whole for their losses.
Robertson previously pleaded guilty on June 25.
According to court documents and statements made in court, Robertson served as the business manager for a “local union” based in New Hampshire for approximately 14 years until his dismissal in or around March 2017.
While court documents repeatedly refer to the union only as a “local union,” multiple documents found online list a Dennis Robertson of Hooksett as business manager for the Laborers’ International Union of North America, Laborers Local Union 668, based out of Hooksett.
On his LinkedIn page, Robertson lists himself as the business manager for Laborers’ International Union of North America, Laborers Local Union 668 for over 25 years, since April 1994.
According to court documents, Robertson served as the union’s business manager for approximately 14 years until his dismissal in or around March 2017. He was the only full-time paid officer or employee of the union, which included approximately 140 to 170 dues paying members.
Robertson’s duties included managing the union’s finances, receiving dues, dispatching workers, and handling grievances, and he had access to the group’s bank accounts, officials said.
According to court paperwork, after Robertson was let go by the union in March 2017, an audit revealed substantial financial discrepancies during his tenure.
According to officials, the review revealed that between August 2015 and February 2017 Robertson wrote and signed unauthorized expense checks to himself and made unauthorized cash withdrawals from the union’s checking account totaling approximately $23,519.
According to court documents, Robertson also obtained union funds in two other ways by making unsupported mileage payments to himself of approximately $11,333, and failing to disclose cash dues payments he received from members in the amount of approximately $3,045.
In February 2019, investigators located Robertson and he agreed to be interviewed.
“He was candid, admitting that he misappropriated Local Union’s funds for his personal use,” officials reported in court documents.
“Union members put their trust in Mr. Robertson and he betrayed that trust,” said Murray. “The defendant improperly appropriated union funds for his personal use. As a result of his self-serving actions, he is now a federal felon.”
“Combatting financial fraud and investigating embezzlement of union funds help safeguard financial integrity in labor unions,” said DOL-OLMS Northeastern Regional Director Andriana Vamvakas. “This is a major priority for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Labor-Management Standards. We will work with the United States Attorney’s Office to identify criminal violations and pursue appropriate legal action whenever anyone puts personal financial gain ahead of the best interests of union members.”