A former union official with the Hawaii Longshore Division has been indicted by federal authorities for allegedly embezzling more than $1,500 from the organization by falsifying records.
The indictment issued Thursday alleged that Charles Kimo Brown, 60, of Mililani consistently inflated weekly vouchers that he submitted for payment for work he did on behalf of the union.
From December 2009 to April 2014, Brown was Hawaii Longshore’s secretary-treasurer, overseeing its financial matters, and was authorized to sign union checks, according to the indictment, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.
He also was a machine operator for an unidentified company, but because he essentially worked full time for the union, his wages were paid by the labor group at a rate he would have earned from his employer, the indictment said.
Brown was indicted on two counts of embezzling and two counts of making false entries in union records. The indictment alleged that in April 2014 Brown falsified payment records and embezzled about $1,575 in union funds.
He resigned as a union officer around the end of April 2014.
Each embezzlement charge carries a maximum term of five years imprisonment, and each false entry charge carries a maximum of one year behind bars.
Hawaii Longshore is an autonomous division of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 142 and represents about 1,000 stevedores in Hawaii.