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UAW’s ex-president is charged by U.S. over embezzlement scheme

March 6, 2020
Federal prosecutors have charged the former head of the United Auto Workers with embezzling funds as part of a wide-ranging investigation into illegal activity at the highest levels of the labor union.

By Chester Dawson

(Bloomberg) – Federal prosecutors have charged the former head of the United Auto Workers with embezzling funds as part of a wide-ranging investigation into illegal activity at the highest levels of the labor union.

The government alleges Gary Jones, who stepped down as president in November, conspired with fellow union leaders to steal more than $1 million in UAW assets over a nine-year period that began in 2010. The officials used the funds for their own personal benefit to purchase stays at private vacation villas and items including high-end liquor and cigars, according to federal prosecutors in Detroit.

Jones is charged in a document known as a criminal information, which is often used in anticipation of a guilty plea. J. Bruce Maffeo, his lawyer, didn’t immediately respond to messages seeking comment.

Jones relinquished his role and resigned his UAW membership after being implicated in a corruption scandal that could lead to broad-based racketeering charges against the union and a potential government takeover. Federal agents raided his home in August.

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