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No charges filed against L.A. union leader accused of stealing laptop

May 11, 2011 |  9:52 am

Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley has declined to file criminal charges against a union leader accused by his former bosses of stealing a laptop computer, authorities said Wednesday.

Police arrested Josif Kahraman, former executive director of the Engineers and Architects Assn., and his wife, Ani Kahraman, last week on suspicion of felony grand theft.

He was arrested the same day he was placed on leave from his job.

The case was dropped because the union was "not cooperative with investigators," said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the district attorney's office.

Kahraman, 51, had overseen the union's day-to-day operations and served as its chief labor negotiator.

His wife was an administrative volunteer with the organization, which represents city workers. The district attorney's office also declined to file charges against her, Robison said.

Kahraman's attorney, Lara Yeretsian, could not be reached for comment but said last week her client was not guilty and had no intention of depriving the union of its laptop.

The announcement comes amid continuing turmoil within the union, which has accused three of its governors of misconduct and put two of its labor representatives on leave.


Head of L.A. city union held in alleged theft of computer

-- David Zahniser at Los Angeles City Hall