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Records of former labor leader and close Biden ally subpoenaed

A subpoena, addressed to the IAFF, ordered the organization to appear before a grand jury in US District Court of Columbia on December 14, 2021. A series of documents relating to Shetburger including his “personnel file” are also requested such as those relating to employment records, travel, expenses, and card use IAFF debit or credit or use IAFF landline or cell phone numbers. It also requested documents relating to IAFF’s policies on financial practices and use of union credit or debit cards.

Agencies that requested the subpoena included the US Attorney’s Office in D.C., the FBI, and the Bureau of Investigation – Labor Extortion and Fraud at the US Department of Labor.

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Before retiring from FIFA in 2021, Schietberger was a force in politics, holding the ranks of the country’s top union leaders. The Firefighters Political Action Committee, FIREPAC, claims to rank among the highest federally registered PACs in terms of money raised.

In the 2020 campaign, Schettberger served as one of Biden’s key allies, endorsing the former vice president early in the primary contest. At a rally during the Democrats’ contest in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Biden called Schietburger “my friend for a very long time.” In his own statement after Biden’s election, Schietberger said: “The International Federation of Forums (IAFF) is honored to call our friend Joe Biden.”

Shortly after Biden’s inauguration, the IAFF issued a statement praising the new president’s early actions, including rescinding a series of Trump-era executive orders. “I have been in direct contact with the Biden team over the past few months to advocate for these actions,” Schetberger said in the statement.

Although Schaitberger has long been accused of misusing union funds to secure his extravagant spending, including expensive restaurant outings and chauffeur-driven cars, he has faced a long list of additional allegations in recent years. Among them, he and the former union treasury secretary were accused of receiving excessive early retirement benefits while working for the union, resulting in improper pension payments of more than $1 million, according to a report from the union’s then general secretary. The Wall Street Journal earlier reported that Treasurer Edward A. Kelly, who is now president-general.

The report also found that Schaitberger and her partner had accumulated millions of dollars in benefits under a non-taxable retirement program — money that had to be reported to the Internal Revenue Service. Internal documentation also exposes millions of erroneous financial reports and misapplied funds.

The union suspended his retirement benefits, but the committee later reinstated them, saying the overpayments “caused by an error in the management of the plan.”

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