DETROIT -- A former Fiat Chrysler Automobiles employee pleaded guilty Friday for his role in $4.5 million-plus corruption scandal at the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center -- where he was a co-director.
Michael Brown, 60, pleaded guilty to one count of lying to a federal grand jury about the scope of the conspiracy, as part of a plea deal with federal investigators. Brown was a director in FCA's employee relations department from 2009 to 2016. Before a grand jury on Dec. 16, 2015, he first denied knowing about the FCA executives' conspiracy to violate the Labor Relations Act. Brown has since left the company.
Brown is the seventh person charged in the corruption scandal and the sixth to plead guilty. Prosecutors contend that FCA employees and executives paid UAW representatives to influence union business, such as collective bargaining negotiations in 2011 and 2015, siphoned money and used false charitable donations and credit cards to pay for items not related to business.
Brown was charged in April, one day before UAW official Keith Mickens, who oversaw training center operations, became the fifth person to plead guilty as part of the criminal probe.