Monday, December 6th, 2021

Feds charge 16th person in UAW corruption probe following internal union audit

The vehicles include a $74,000 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT, a $96,000 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk and a $76,000 2021 Dodge Durango, among others. Prosecutors allege Edmunds purchased roughly 10 firearms ranging between $500 and $2,000.

The feds say UAW auditors discovered he made more than $30,000 in unauthorized ATM transactions at downtown Detroit’s Greektown Casino between 2018 and 2020 using a Local 412 credit card. A subsequent investigation found he put more than $16 million in play at the casino between 2016 and 2020.

A UAW spokesman on Wednesday referred to a September statement issued after the union discovered the improper spending.

“We have put together a very enhanced auditing system and while we are outraged that dues were embezzled, we are encouraged that the UAW auditors themselves discovered and reported this misuse of union dues through our new auditing guidelines,” UAW Secretary-Treasurer Frank Stuglin said then. “We are confident that these new guidelines will identify any similar activity in our union and serve as a deterrent to prevent such activity in the future.”

The latest charges call into question how long the corruption investigation, which was largely wrapped up following the settlement with the union that involved a six-year period of oversight, could linger.

To date, prosecutors have charged 16 individuals. FCA US LLC, now Stellantis, also pleaded guilty earlier this year to charges that the company violated the Taft-Hartley Act.

The Detroit News reported the charges against Edmunds earlier Wednesday.

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