Former UAW VP charged

Nov. 6, 2019

Federal prosecutors charged former UAW Vice President Joe Ashton, who headed the union's 2011 negotiations with General Motors and was on GM's board for three years, with money laundering and wire fraud.

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Nov. 2, 2019

UAW President Jones takes leave

Rory Gamble, vice president of the UAW-Ford department, will be acting president after Gary Jones requested a leave of absence. Jones has been reportedly implicated in the federal probe into the UAW.

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12th person charged

Oct. 31, 2019

Edward Robinson, former top aide to UAW President Gary Jones and head of a UAW regional community action program council, was charged with conspiracy to embezzle union funds and conspiracy to defraud the U.S.

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Oct. 22, 2019

6th ex-UAW official pleads guilty

Jeffery Pietrzyk, a former assistant to former UAW-GM Department Vice President Joe Ashton, pleaded guilty on Oct. 22 to charges of conspiracy and fraud.

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UAW President Jones, predecessor implicated

Sept. 13, 2019

Vance Pearson, shown at right next to UAW President Gary Jones, was arrested Sept. 12 and charged with conspiring to embezzle UAW funds. He is president of the union's Region 5. The Detroit News reports that Jones and former President Dennis Williams are among officials implicated, but unnamed, in the criminal complaint against Pearson.

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Former UAW official pleads guilty

Sept. 4, 2019

Michael Grimes, who worked as an assistant in the UAW's General Motors department, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Ann Arbor, Mich., to wire fraud and money laundering charges.

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Home raids and more indictments

Aug. 30, 2019

The FBI is investigating UAW President Gary Jones, whose home was raided this week by federal agents, over allegations of financial crimes. Sources told The Detroit News that investigators are looking into whether Jones or other UAW officials spent member dues on junkets to California and other potential wrongdoing.

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9th person charged in probe

Aug. 14, 2019

Michael Grimes, a senior UAW official who "at times worked closely with the UAW Vice President and Director of the GM Department," according to court filings, faces wire fraud conspiracy and money laundering charges. In court filings, Grimes and other unnamed UAW officials are accused of accepting bribes and kickbacks worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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Jewell sentenced to 15 months

Aug. 5, 2019

Former UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell was sentenced to 15 months in prison and a year of supervised probation for his role in a multimillion-dollar corruption scandal involving the union and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

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Iacobelli sentenced

Aug. 27, 2018

Former Fiat Chrysler Automobiles labor relations chief Alphons Iacobelli is sentenced to 66 months in federal prison for tax evasion and his role in a wide-ranging conspiracy to win favorable treatment from the UAW for FCA.

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UAW aide strikes plea deal

July 23, 2018

Nancy Adams Johnson, 57, a former top aide to ex-UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell, enters a plea deal for her involvement in a scheme to misappropriate funds to top UAW officials.

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Two guilty pleas

April 5-May 25, 2018

Two former officials with the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center plead guilty for their part in the in $4.5 million-plus corruption scandal. Michael Brown, formerly an FCA employee and co-director of the training center, pleads guilty to one count of lying to a federal grand jury. UAW official Keith Mickens, who oversaw operations of the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center, pleads guilty to one count of conspiring to violate the Labor Relations Act.

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Morgan sentenced

July 13, 2018

Monica Morgan, widow of former UAW Vice President General Holiefield, was sentenced to 18 months in prison as part of a plea deal. She pleaded guilty to one count of filing a false tax return in February. Morgan was also given one year of supervised release and a $25,000 fine.

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Jewell aide charged

March 21, 2018

Nancy Johnson, a former top aide of ex-UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell, is charged with accepting tens of thousands of dollars in illegal payments from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Jewell headed the most recent round of talks with FCA and abruptly retired at the end of last year. He has been implicated in the scandal but not formally named or charged by investigators. Johnson faces five counts of criminal violations, including conspiring to violate the Labor Management Relations Act. She faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison, and a fine of up to $250,000.

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Morgan pleads guilty

Feb. 6, 2018

Monica Morgan pleads guilty to one count of subscribing a false tax return. Sentencing was scheduled for June 4. The widow of former UAW Vice President General Holiefield faces a maximum of 27 months in prison but the government is arguing for a higher sentencing range. She also will be required to pay restitution of $190,747 to the U.S. Treasury Department for unpaid tax obligations from 2011-14, according to the plea deal.

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Were negotiations tainted?

Jan. 26, 2018

A lawsuit, which seeks class action status on behalf of tens of thousands of UAW members, is filed by three union members who work at FCA. The plaintiffs allege their union cheated them out of "hundreds of millions of dollars" in union dues that were "wasted on tainted bargaining."

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Scandal widens

Jan. 22, 2018

Details of the plea deal for Alphons Iacobelli, FCA's former head of labor relations, show federal officials saying company executives paid UAW officials in an attempt to influence union decisions and collective bargaining agreements, which were ratified in 2011 and 2015.

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Iacobelli pleads guilty

Jan. 22, 2018

Alphons Iacobelli pleads guilty to conspiring to violate the Labor Management Relations Act and for subscribing a false tax return in U.S. District Court in Detroit. Sentencing was set for May 29, 2018. FCA's former head of labor relations faces a statutory maximum of eight years in prison, and prosecutors say he will be required to repay $835,000.

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King pleads guilty

Aug. 29, 2017

Retired UAW Associate Director Virdell King pleads guilty to one felony count of conspiracy to violate the Labor Management Relations Act.

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Virdell King charged

Aug. 18, 2017

Virdell King, a retired UAW associate director, is charged in a 17-page document with using a credit card from a training center for Chrysler employees to buy more than $40,000 worth of clothing, jewelry, luggage and other personal items for herself and other senior UAW officials.

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Durden pleads guilty

Aug. 8, 2017

Jerome Durden, a former financial analyst at FCA, pleads guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government, a felony, and one misdemeanor charge of failing to file a tax return for the approximately $4,000 he received in 2013 under the conspiracy.

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Indictment released

July 26, 2017

Federal prosecutors release an indictment charging Former Chrysler Group Vice President of Employee Relations Alphons Iacobelli and Monica Morgan, widow of former UAW Vice President General Holiefield, with criminal violations of the National Labor Relations Act. Separately, federal officials unseal former FCA financial analyst Jerome Durden's case and announce the charges.

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Charges filed

June 13, 2017

Federal prosecutors charge former FCA financial analyst Jerome Durden, who is accused of creating false tax returns to hide the payments to former UAW Vice President General Holiefield, Former Chrysler Group Vice President of Employee Relations Al Iacobelli and other beneficiaries who were not identified, with conspiracy to defraud the United States and Failure to file tax return. The documents are sealed. PICTURED: From the 2011 UAW-Chrysler contract talks: then-UAW President Bob King, far left, with Holiefield, Chrysler Senior Vice President Manufacturing Scott Garberding and lacobelli, far right. Photo credit: Reuters/Rebecca Cook