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Labor Boss Blicht Pled Guilty and Gets 2 Years  On Honest Services Fraud After Bailed For $100000

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Feb 12 – Glenn Blicht, president of International Longshoremen's Association Local 1964 in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey, was presented on July 26 on honest services fraud charges before U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Magistrate Stewart Aaron. He wore a yellow t-shirt and had retained counsel, who tried to hand his passport to Assistant US Attorney Maureen Comey.

  Blicht was released on $100,000 bond and free to travel in the tri-state area. Inner City Press stayed on the case, and now notes that on February 12, 2020, Blicht after pleading guilty was sentenced to 24 months in prison by District Judge Analisa Torres.

  According to the Complaint: "From 2009 through the present, BLICHT served as an officer of the Union, including as its president for many years.  In that role, BLICHT had a duty to act in the best interests of the Union and its members, including by avoiding personal financial conflicts of interest with the Union.  Nevertheless, BLICHT demanded and received cash payments from the Employer, which employed a number of members of the Union.  In exchange for these bribes, BLICHT declined to file arbitration claims on behalf of Union members.  In total, BLICHT received at least approximately $150,000 in bribes from the Employer over approximately 10 years.   In communications, a number of which were recorded, BLICHT repeatedly referred to the bribe payments as “tickets,” in which each ticket equaled a $1,000 bribe.  BLICHT instructed an official of the Employer (the “Official”) as to the number of “tickets” to pay BLICHT each time.  Indeed, during the past year, the Official met with BLICHT several times and paid him bribes on approximately three occasions, at the direction of law enforcement.  Each of these meetings was recorded." Inner City Press, which was present in the Mag Court on July 26, said it would continue to cover this case. And it has. It is US v. Blicht, 19-cr-591 (Torres).



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