In July 2017, federal prosecutors revealed that millions of dollars intended to train workers was instead spent by leadership of the UAW and FCA on air travel, solid-gold pens, a swimming pool, a house and a Ferrari, among other luxuries. Four indictments and four guilty pleas -- so far -- have exposed fraud within the massive U.S. auto manufacturing union and called into question the collective bargaining agreements ratified in 2011 and 2015 with FCA. Will this scandal spread? Here is a timeline and our list of key players.
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Ex-FCA official Iacobelli sentenced to 66 months in UAW training center scandalAug. 27
Former Fiat Chrysler Automobiles labor relations chief Alphons Iacobelli was sentenced to 66 months in prison for his role in a scheme to siphon millions from the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center in Detroit. He is the highest-ranking person to have worked at the automaker convicted in the scandal to date.
U.S. prosecutors say FCA wanted to 'buy labor peace' from UAWAug. 21
A memorandum of sentencing for former FCA labor relations chief Alphons Iacobelli says, "High-level officials of the UAW sought to enrich themselves and live lavish lifestyles rather than zealously work on behalf of the best interests of tens of thousands of rank and file members."
Former aide alleges ex-UAW head Williams told officials to misappropriate funds, report saysJuly 26
Former UAW aide strikes plea deal in UAW-Fiat Chrysler investigationJuly 23
Nancy Adams Johnson, a former top aide to ex-UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell, entered a plea deal in federal court in Detroit for her involvement in a scheme to misappropriate funds to top UAW officials.
Widow of former UAW vice president sentenced to 18 months in prisonJuly 13
Monica Morgan, widow of former UAW Vice President General Holiefield, was sentenced to 18 months in prison Friday as part of a federal corruption probe of misappropriated funds at a Chrysler-UAW training center.
UAW delegates elect new leaders amid widening federal probeJune 13
FCA, UAW co-conspirators in training center scandal, prosecutors sayJune 13
Federal prosecutors labeled Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and the UAW co-conspirators in the corruption scandal surrounding the UAW-FCA training center, according to a document obtained by The Detroit News.
UAW-Chrysler training center sues to recover $4.4 million in embezzled fundsJune 8
The UAW-Chrysler National Training Center, embroiled in a multimillion-dollar federal corruption scandal, sued two former Fiat Chrysler Automobiles officials and a union leader's widow Friday to recover more than $4.4 million in embezzled funds.
Ex-FCA employee pleads guilty to charge in UAW training center scandalMay 25
Another charge, plea deal in UAW-FCA scandalApril 5
Former top aide charged in federal UAW-FCA training center probeMarch 21
Former union official charged with misusing UAW-FCA training center fundsMarch 13
UAW leaders let charities idleFeb. 26
According to a source familiar with the federal investigation, nonprofits linked to union leaders remain an area of interest in a continuing probe that centers on the misappropriation of more than $4.5 million in training center funds from Fiat Chrysler.
UAW leadership faces a time of reckoningFeb. 19
UAW dissidents see the situation as an opportunity for profound change. They're urging rank-and-file members to "take back" the union from leaders they claim are overly willing to comply with employers' requests.
Scandal threatens UAW solidarityFeb. 4
The UAW's cornerstone principle is under growing pressure as a federal corruption investigation widens and more details emerge about the luxuries purchased with millions of dollars intended for training programs.
Ex-UAW VP Norwood Jewell implicated in UAW-FCA scandalJan. 31
Former UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell, who headed the most recent round of contract negotiations with FCA US, has been implicated in the widening, multimillion-dollar corruption scandal involving the union and Fiat Chrysler.
FCA union employees sue UAW, company over corruption scandalJan. 29
Plea deal widens UAW-FCA scandalJan. 29
UAW leader: Payments to union official did not taint Detroit 3 talksJan. 26
FCA execs paid UAW officials to take company-friendly positions, U.S. saysJan. 23
Iacobelli pleads guilty in FCA-UAW criminal case as probe spreadsJan. 22
UAW selects new leader to oversee embattled FCA departmentJan. 3
Williams: UAW will weather the latest stormDec. 25, 2017
UAW President Dennis Williams said he doesn't expect much of a backlash from rank-and-file members during the union's Constitutional Convention in June. His expected successor, Gary Jones, and a slate of new leaders will stand for election.
UAW terminates officials with ties to training center scandalDec. 20, 2017
GM parts with former labor exec charged in training fund probeDec. 15, 2017
Former UAW official resigns from GM boardDec. 13, 2017
Joe Ashton, a former UAW vice president, has resigned from GM's board of directors amid a widening federal probe into joint training centers overseen by representatives of the union and Detroit automakers.
Feds questioned Marchionne in FCA-UAW training center probe last yearNov. 6, 2017
AutoNews Now: Fed probe of UAW funds reaches GM, FordNov. 2, 2017
GM, Ford 'cooperating' with feds as probe into UAW training centers widensNov. 2, 2017
Ex-FCA official sold Ferrari as federal probe emergedSept. 29, 2017
Fake charity was tied to UAW-FCA scam, prosecutors saySept. 20, 2017
Members deserve better from UAWSept. 4, 2017
Second guilty plea entered in UAW-FCA caseAug. 29, 2017
UAW-FCA case grows as a 4th is chargedAug. 21, 2017
Four people have now been charged in connection with a $4.5 million embezzlement case involving the UAW and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The ongoing federal investigation appears likely to ensnare more high-ranking officials.
U.S. charges retired UAW official in ongoing corruption probeAug. 18, 2017
GM suspended Iacobelli following federal indictment, report saysAug. 16, 2017
Double whammy: UAW deals with defeat, corruption claimsAug. 12, 2017
Ford won't review training center finances amid UAW-FCA charges; GM mumAug. 11, 2017
Ford will not review the finances of a joint employee training center with the UAW after indictments related to an alleged plot to funnel millions of dollars from the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center to officials at the automaker and union.
Former FCA analyst Durden pleads guilty to conspiracyAug. 8, 2017
UAW members deserve better from their unionAug. 7, 2017
Ex-FCA analyst faces 2 federal charges in FCA-UAW probeAug. 4, 2017
Former Fiat Chrysler financial analyst Jerome Durden was released on a $10,000 bond after he was charged in federal court on accusations of participating in a plot between the automaker and the UAW to pipe millions from an employee training fund for personal use.
Ex-FCA exec pleads not guilty in scandal involving UAWAug. 1, 2017
FCA-UAW scandal: More to comeJuly 31, 2017
First Shift: FCA, UAW respond to conspiracy probeJuly 27, 2017
Why the FCA-UAW scandal looks like a rogue actionJuly 27, 2017
Marchionne expresses 'disgust' over FCA-UAW executive conspiracyJuly 27, 2017
Holiefield, future wife received $1.2 million from worker training funds, indictment saysJuly 26, 2017
UAW hires outside counsel to lead internal investigationJuly 26, 2017
UAW President Dennis Williams said independent, outside counsel would lead an internal investigation into allegations that union officials were illegally funneled $1.2 million by FCA's former labor chief.