American Maritime Officers Union Leaders Indicted for Racketeering

Federal prosecutors in Miami have indicted the AMO union's National President, its Secretary- Treasurer, and two employees for embezzling union funds, election-rigging, and fraud.

American Maritime Officers Union National President, Michael McKay, his brother, Robert McKay, National Secretary-Treasurer, James Lynch, an employee, and Philip Ciccarelli, a former employee, were indicted last week in federal court in Miami.

The 13-count indictment states that McKay and his brother, Robert, embezzled money from union accounts, reimbursed political contributions, and used union housing for free for their family members and guests. The indictment also states that Michael McKay's personal secretary was given free lodging for eight-years.

The indictment says that the Michael McKay, leader of the 4,000 maritime officers, and others, rigged union elections in 1993 and 1996 by destroying ballots.

Further, the indictment states that the union benefits plan was embezzled for items like hockey tickets, cigars, and personal boat repairs.

The attorney for Michael McKay said that his client "strongly maintains his innocence and looks forward to proving that in court."

The AMO national headquarters is based in Dania, Florida.