The president of an International Longshoremen’s Association branch in New Jersey was arrested on Friday and charged with accepting at least $150,000 of bribes over a decade from a company that employed some of its members.
Federal prosecutors in Manhattan said Glenn Blicht, who leads Local 1964 in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey, demanded bribes in exchange for not pursuing arbitration claims against the unnamed employer, which cooperated with the probe.
Blicht, 57, of Wilton, Connecticut, was charged with one count each of honest services fraud and receiving illegal payments as a labor union official. The charges carry maximum prison terms of 20 years and five years, respectively.
“Glenn Blicht abused his position as the president of a labor union to line his own pockets,” U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman in Manhattan said in a statement. “He did not fight for his union members — the hard-working individuals whose interests he was duty-bound to protect.”
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