Gary Jones, the former president of the international United Auto Workers union pleaded guilty to conspiring to embezzle one million dollars of UAW dues money, to racketeering and to evading taxes.
Jones admitted to conspiring with at least six other high-level UAW executives in a conspiracy to embezzle money over a period of several years. The group concealed personal expenses in the cost of conferences held throughout the country. Between 2010 and 2018 they submitted fraudulent expense forms seeking reimbursements for hundreds of thousands of dollars in UAW funds spent on personal spending and lavish entertainment.
The funds were used to pay for items such as: golf clubs, private villas, golfing apparel, and high-end liquor and meals costing over $750,000. One of the years Jones used UAW money to purchase over $13,000 in cigars.
Jones also admitted to accepting over $60,000 in cash from co-conspirator Edward Robinson, who cashed over $500,000 in fraudulent UAW checks. He is the 14th defendant to be convicted in connection with an ongoing investigation into corruption within the UAW. He faces a maximum of ten years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.