A UAW official accused of embezzling $2 million evaded federal authorities for nearly a week before turning himself in this month, according to prosecutors.
But the man's attorney says the FBI just got bad information from one of his three ex-wives.
"Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned," the lawyer, Joseph Arnone, told The Detroit News last week. "My client's not a Navy SEAL that was avoiding detection from 30 federal agents."
Tim Edmunds surrendered Nov. 10 and was ultimately granted bond, despite the six-day manhunt and prosecutors' argument that he might flee to Mexico. Agents raided his suburban Detroit home Nov. 4 and found empty money wrappers, but Edmunds was not there and didn't return after promising to come home immediately.
The FBI spent subsequent days unsuccessfully trying to locate Edmunds using signals from his cellphone, the News reported.
Edmunds, 53, was secretary-treasurer of UAW Local 412, which represents salaried employees at Stellantis. The union suspended him after an audit uncovered $2 million in improper expenses.
The Department of Justice says Edmunds used Local 412 debit cards for $142,000 in personal purchases, cashed $170,000 worth of Local 412 checks into his personal accounts and transferred $1.5 million to himself from Local 412 accounts. He allegedly used the money to gamble and buy luxury clothing, guns and five vehicles, then hid the thefts with fake bank statements.
Edmunds is accused of using union money on four Jeep Grand Cherokees, including a Trackhawk version that cost more than $96,000, as well as a Dodge Durango.