January 6, 2011
If I Were A Carpenter
The Illinois Administrator has filed an amended complaint in a case where an attorney is alleged to have made a false statement to obtain health care benefits. The attorney was retained by a carpentry and siding contractor which was a party to a collective bargaining agreement with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners (the "UBC"). He applied for membership in the union.
According to the complaint:
Respondent’s UBC membership application and union membership...were false and misleading, and Respondent knew or reasonably should have known that they were false and misleading, because Respondent was not a carpenter or any craftsman listed in the craft section of the UBC membership application and Respondent only completed the UBC membership application and maintained his union membership in order to receive union health and pension benefits to which he was not entitled.
Respondent applied for UBC membership and maintained UBC membership from January 6, 2004, to December 12, 2008, in order to receive union health and pension benefits to which he was not entitled because he was not a member of or employed in a craft qualifying for union membership and benefits.
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