Ex-UAW President Indicted in Corruption Scandal
Probe has netted 14 people to date
Federal investigators have reached the top of the heap in a year’s long investigation into corruption involving the United Auto Workers union.
Former UAW President Gary Jones (Image: UAW)
Today prosecutors indicted Gary Jones, the UAW’s president until he resigned in November after being implicated in the scandal.
Jones is expected to plead guilty to stealing more than $1 million in union funds to support an extravagant lifestyle that included stays at swanky resorts and spending on expensive cigars, clothing, entertainment and other luxuries.
Investigators have been circling Jones for months. Over the past three years, they have systematically indicted and convicted increasingly higher-level UAW subordinates, who agreed to cooperate in the probe. Jones is the 14th person charged by federal prosecutors with conspiracy, embezzlement, money laundering and/or wire fraud.
Jones, a certified public accountant, joined the UAW in 1975. By 2012, he was head of the UAW’s largest territory, Region 5, which sprawled across 17 states from Missouri to Hawaii.
Jones succeeded UAW President Dennis Williams, who stepped down unexpectedly in June 2018 after a single four-year term. Since then, Williams has been implicated in the scandal and is widely expected to be indicted soon.
Last month the union dismantled Region 5 after federal investigators implicated Jones and other former officials of diverting union funds.
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