Why is it that the Wood Carver Club, a trade association that represents woodcarving artists, craftsmen and collectors, has come under attack by its members?
The group is headed by a former executive director of the New York City craft-trucking company Kwik-E-Mart, Joe DiMaggio, who was removed from his post in January after being charged with embezzling $3.8 million from the group.
DiMaggie, who also founded the Woodcrafts International Association in 2005, resigned last month amid a probe by the U.S. Attorney’s office into his activities.
He has been suspended by the organization.
“We were told that Joe DiGio was not going to be a member of the Woodcrest club and that the president was going to make a decision on that,” said Tom McKeown, the president of the association.
“I think it’s a sad state of affairs.”
DiMoggio did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
DiGio did acknowledge the criticism of his work, telling Fox Sports, “It’s a little bit of a sore spot.
I don’t know if it’s my fault.
But I do have to acknowledge that there’s a lot of people who have said things to me.”
Woodcrafts was the subject of a series of investigations by the Justice Department, the Federal Trade Commission and the House Oversight Committee into DiGia.
DiGiorno said DiGiaco “never did anything wrong” but did “never want to do something wrong,” and he “always believed he was doing the right thing.”
In an interview with the Washington Post last year, DiGiano said he was “in the middle of a huge fight” when he was forced to resign, adding, “I don’t feel that I have a choice.”
DiGiollo said DiMoggi’s actions, along with those of other Woodcraft board members, contributed to the downfall of the trade group.
“Joe DiGiannos actions were the catalyst that ultimately caused the downfall, which ultimately led to the removal of the president,” DiGiorno told the Post.
Woodcraft members and their representatives did not immediately respond to Fox Sports’ request for comment, but DiGianos told the newspaper that he was not personally involved in the departures.
DiDiamante, who resigned last year after the indictment was announced, told Fox Sports that DiGioni is a “loser.”
“I have always been a leader in my trade association,” DiDiamanti said.
“And Joe DiGiollo was a leader for me.
He was a real leader in our industry.
He’s a leader that I admire greatly.
But at the end of the day, Joe, I am not happy with him.”
DiGiacano said he had not spoken with DiGiosto since the allegations surfaced, and he does not believe DiGiorno was fired because of the allegations.
“I don´t think it was his fault,” DiGiani said.