NLRB Employee will Spend 52 Months in Prison for Embezzling Back Pay Awards

A National Labor Relations Board compliance office was sentenced to serve 52 months in prison for stealing more than $400,000 from back pay funds intended for employees involved in unfair labor practice cases.

As a compliance officer, Hector Martinez was responsible for disbursing back pay to employees in NLRB cases, but the government alleged he created fictitious employee names in real cases and diverted payments to at least eight personal bank accounts he opened to further his theft. The payments represented back pay amounts that nine different employers had turned over to the NLRB in unfair labor practice cases.

Matt Austin owns Austin Legal, LLC, a boutique law firm based in Ohio that limits its representation to employers dealing with labor, employment, and OSHA matters. You can reach Matt by calling him at (614) 843-3041 or emailing him at

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