DETROIT (AP) – Detroit federal prosecutors have charged an 11th person with investigating corruption in United Automobile Workers.
Jeff Peterzhik is charged with conspiracy. He is accused of accepting at least $ 70,000 in 2013-14 from a chiropractor who was paid millions of dollars to make watches for General Motors workers. Investigators also allege that Pietrzyk was an intermediary who transferred money to someone identified as Union Official 1.
The allegations were filed in a document entitled "criminal information", which means he is likely to plead guilty. The new case was filed Friday on the fifth day of the UAW strike against GM. Defense lawyer Robert Singer says Pietrzik's role was "much more limited" than others in the scheme.
Pietrzik of Grand Island, NY, is an administrative assistant who works closely with Joe Ashton, now retired as Vice President of the UAW.