Federal authorities Friday arrested and charged a Washington political consultant with mail fraud, alleging he diverted money from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters to help finance the re-election campaign of the union’s president, Ron Carey.
Martin Davis, 35, a part-owner of a District of Columbia-based direct-mail firm called the November Group, was released on $100,000 bail after being charged by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York with embezzling money from the Teamsters.
Federal prosecutors said Davis had acted in one instance with the urging of the Teamsters headquarters.
Among the funding schemes alleged by prosecutors were several instances in which Davis is said to have solicited contributions to Carey’s campaign from the wife of the owner of a telemarketing firm.
He then steered union contracts to the husband’s firm and let the company overcharge the union by the amount of the campaign contributions, the prosecutors alleged. Davis will plead innocent, according to an unnamed attorney quoted by the Associated Press.