DETROIT — Federal agents are investigating a tip alleging UAW President Rory Gamble and former Vice President Jimmy Settles accepted bribes and kickbacks from a vendor, according to The Detroit News.
Citing two sources, The News said agents are looking into whether Gamble and Settles accepted money at a Detroit strip club after awarding lucrative contracts to businessman Jason Gordon. It's unclear where the tip came from or how far along the investigation is. No charges have been filed and both parties deny wrongdoing.
The Detroit Free Press on Friday cited sources saying Gamble was not a target of the investigation, although it affirmed The News’ report that agents were looking into financial ties between Gamble, Settles and Gordon.
U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider told the Free Press that the overall investigation into the UAW is continuing and that a federal takeover of the union remains possible.
"What we need to do is get the criminal cases further," Schneider said, adding "we'll be in a better position" to consider a takeover "after that is done."
"All options are on the table. And (a takeover) is one of the options," Schneider told the newspaper.
The U.S. Justice Department as policy will neither confirm nor deny the existence of an investigation.
"President Gamble can say he never took one red cent personally from Mr. Gordon or directly solicited anything from Mr. Gordon," UAW spokesman Brian Rothenberg said in a statement. "And President Gamble has never been to that establishment with Mr. Gordon. It simply is not true and never happened."
Gamble had not been made aware he was the target of an investigation and learned about it after The News reached out for comment, Rothenberg said.