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Sixth Guilty Plea in Chrysler-UAW Corruption Scandal

Michael Brown, former director of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV’s U.S. employee relations department, has pleaded guilty to lying about his involvement in making illegal payments to union officials.
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Michael Brown, former director of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV’s U.S. employee relations department, has pleaded guilty to lying to a federal grand jury about his involvement in making illegal payments to union officials.

Brown is the sixth person to plead guilty in the $4.5 million corruption scandal, which was revealed last July. He had been charged in April by the U.S. Dept. of Justice with authorizing bogus payments to the United Auto Workers union.

The payments covered administrative fees and staff wages and benefits for work charged but not performed by UAW executives on behalf of the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center. Brown faces as much as 18 months in prison in a plea deal, according to Automotive News.

Keith Mickens, a former UAW official who once oversaw operations at the training center, was charged in March and pleaded guilty to diverting funds for the use of himself and other UAW executives.

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