FBI agents enter the home of United Auto Workers president Gary Jones after removing materials from the site on Wednesday, August 28, 2019.
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DETROIT – The extent of ongoing corruption at federal level The United Auto Workers' investigation continues to grow as the union seeks to sign new employment contracts with Detroit automakers. The prosecution has on Thursday accused Edward Robinson, a union representative with links to UAW President Gary Jones, of conspiring to misappropriate the union's resources and conspiracy to cheat the United States.
Both are offenses punishable by up to five years in prison.
Robinson, who led a UAW regional action program council, where Jones served as director, is accused of teaming with union leaders to "steal, steal, and unlawfully and intentionally abstract them." "More than 1
Jones and his predecessor, UAW President Dennis Williams, were targeted as part of investigations by federal officials, including raids on their homes in August, but were not charged with any crimes. Thursday's Detroit News called unnamed sources and identified both men as unidentified co-conspirators in the file outlining the indictment of Robinson.
The UAW did not respond immediately to the indictment or the indictment against Robinson, which it could not be resorted to for comment.
Robinson was charged in a lawsuit, indicating that a guilty reason is to be expected.
The alleged illegal activity occurred from around 2010 to September, according to the report. The timeline signals that the prosecution continues to focus on retired and current UAW officials.
High-ranking union officials involved in the program reportedly bought lavish dinners and spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on hotels and private villas, and tens of thousands of dollars on cigars, green fees, and merchandise for golf.
The allegations against Robinson – the 12th person who was indicted in the investigation – came one day after the UAW, including Jones, announced a new tentative contract with Ford Motor.
Ten people, including seven trade unionists, were sentenced to prison during the investigation. The UAW Region 5 Director, Vance Pearson, who has been on leave from the union, was charged with the investigation but was not convicted.
The investigation should complement the already controversial contract negotiations between the UAW and Detroit automakers.