By Carl Horowitz, National Legal and Policy Center
After more than half a dozen years, Caleb Gray-Burriss has run out of options. On December 4, Gray-Burriss, founder-president of the National Association of Special Police and Security Officers (NASPSO), was found guilty by a jury in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on 18 counts, including six counts each for mail fraud and embezzlement, in connection with more than $250,000 in thefts from union general and benefit funds. The Washington, D.C.-based union represents around 800 private security guards assigned to federal government buildings. The verdict comes in the wake of an indictment and a pair of superseding indictments, which in turn had followed a joint probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards, Employee Benefits Security Administration and Office of Inspector General.
Union Corruption Update has covered this story twice before. Back in April 2007, federal agents raided the Washington, D.C. home of Gray-Burriss, now 62, seizing various pieces of evidence related to his theft of NASPSO funds during June 2004-August 2006. The Labor Department had conducted a full probe in 2006. But Gray-Burriss, out on bail, and his lawyer succeeded in delaying legal action. Finally, in June 2010 he was charged with four counts of mail fraud against union pension and health plans. In April 2011, he was charged in a superseding indictment for thefts in excess of $200,000. Then, this past August, he was charged in another superseding indictment for two counts of embezzlement totaling $68,374.99 and one count of conspiracy to embezzle. Gray-Burriss considered a plea bargain, but eventually chose to go to trial.