Faces Harsher Penalty for Embezzlement
Published: December 11, 2007
Source: TDU - Teamsters for a Democratic Union
Charged with embezzling members' money, Don Hahs faces harsher
punishment now that the Independent Review Board has rejected a proposed
settlement as too light.
In September, the IRB charged Hahs, the president of the Brotherhood of
Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET), with embezzling over $58,000
in members' money.
The IRB instructed Hoffa to conduct an internal hearing to hear the
charges against Hahs. Instead Hahs cut a deal with Hoffa to repay about
$40,000 and take a six-month suspension.
The IRB called the deal insufficient, and told Hoffa to re-convene the
From 2004 to 2006, the IRB Chief Investigator charged that Hahs spent
$47,880 on tickets to Cleveland Cavs basketball games for his personal
The IRB charges also include:
||A three-day fishing trip in
Alaska. Hahs was in Alaska for one day for a meeting then
cut out for a fishing trip.
||Taking his wife on union
trips. Since 2004, Hahs charged the union $7,951.97 for
his wife’s tickets and meals.
||A week-long trip to
Las Vegas with his wife that cost $1,677.77. Hahs
and the union have no record of the reason for his
||$923 in hotel room
movies. Hahs says his grandson enjoyed them;
Hahs often brought his grandson along at union
If Hahs is found guilty, he will face a harsher penalty, up to
possible expulsion from the union.
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