FBI agents enter the home of United Automobile Workers President Gary Jones after removing materials from the location on Wednesday, August 28, 2019. 19659002] Federal prosecutors on Thursday charged Edward Robinson, an employee of the union with liaison with UAW President Gary Jones, a conspiracy to misappropriate the union. means and conspiracy to defraud the United States. Both are crimes punishable by up to five years in prison.
Robinson, who heads the UAW Regional Community Action Council, where Jones serves as director, has been charged with conspiracy with union leaders for "embezzlement, theft and unlawful and intentional abstraction" of more than $ 1
Jones and his predecessor, UAW President Dennis Williams, were targeted by federal officials as part of the investigation, including attacks on their homes in August, but The Detroit News on Thursday, citing unnamed sources, identified the two men as unnamed co-defendants in the filing, outlining the charges against Robinson.
UAW did not immediately respond to the filing or charges, which cannot be
Robinson was charged with filing criminal information indicating that a guilty plea was expected.
The alleged unlawful acts, according to the filing, take place from about 2010 to September. The timeline signals that federal prosecutors continue to focus on UAW retired and current employees.
Senior union officials involved in the scheme are alleged to have bought copious dinners and spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on hotels and private villas and tens of thousands of dollars on cigars, as well as fees and golf green goods, according to the filing.
The charges against Robinson – the 12th person accused of being part of the probe – come a day after the UAW, including Jones, announced a new preliminary deal with Ford.
Ten people, including seven with the union, were sentenced to prison part of the probe. UAW Region 5 Director Vance Pearson, who took leave of the union, was charged as part of the investigation but not convicted.
The investigation was expected to add to the already controversial UAW-Detroit car contracts.