Former UAW President Gary Jones Charged with Corruption, Embezzlement

The former head of the United Auto Workers union has been charged by federal prosecutors for acts of corruption while he was in charge, as reported by USA Today.

Gary Jones was charged on Thursday with “conspiring to embezzle union funds and aiding racketeering activity,” among other charges. The charges were filed in the U.S. District Court in Detroit. Jones, who resigned last year over the accusations, is expected to plead guilty.

One of Jones’ former aides, Edward Robinson, has already pled guilty and agreed to cooperate in the trial against Jones. Among the information Robinson has provided is the claim that Jones offered to “take care of” one of Robinson’s relatives with a fake job, provided Robinson took some blame for the embezzlement.

The trial may also implicate other UAW officials besides Jones, including his predecessor Dennis Williams, who may have had knowledge of Jones’ corruption. Thirteen people have pled guilty to various corruption charges since the scandal first emerged in 2017.

About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22).

Photo: Detroit, Michigan-September 21, 2015: Traffic light in front of the United Auto Workers headquarters office in Detroit. The building is also known as "Solidarity House".

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