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Former UAW president to spend over two years in prison for corruption

Gary Jones ordered to pay over $800,000 in fines, forfeitures and restitution
Former UAW President Gary Jones
Former UAW President Gary Jones(WILX)
Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 11:10 AM EDT
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DETROIT, Mich. (WJRT) - Another former president of the United Auto Workers union will spend over two years in prison for his role in a wide ranging corruption scheme.

A federal judge in Detroit sentenced 63-year-old Gary Jones to 28 months in prison on Thursday. Jones, who now lives in Corsicana, Texas, also was ordered to repay $550,000 to the UAW, along with $42,000 to the IRS, over $151,000 to the federal government and a $10,000 fine.

Prosecutors say Jones, who led the UAW through the 40-day General Motors strike in 2019, conspired with other high ranking UAW officials to live lavish lifestyles using union funds. They sought reimbursement for lavish personal spending at opulent resorts while supposedly attending union gatherings.

Jones personally spent $60,000 of union funds on cigars and custom made golf clubs. He also conspired with Edward Robinson to steal funds from the UAW Midwest Community Action Program and UAW Labor Employment Training Corporation.

Authorities seized golf clothing and a set of Titleist golf clubs when they raided Jones’ former home in Canton back in 2019. He is ordered to forfeit those items along with paying fines and restitution.

Jones is the 14th former UAW or Fiat Chrysler Automobiles official to receive a sentence in the years-long corruption investigation since 2017. Former UAW President Dennis Williams was the most recent to be sentenced before Jones, when he got 21 months in prison.

“The fact that two former international UAW Presidents will be going to prison after being convicted of embezzling UAW dues money demonstrates that no one is above the law,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Saima S. Mohsin. “The working men and women of the UAW can feel that justice was done, and that their union is on the road to reform.”

The following former UAW leaders and Fiat-Chrysler officials already have pleaded guilty to charges from the embezzlement scheme and appeared in court for sentencing:

  • Former Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Vice President for Employee Relations Alphons Iacobelli (66 months in prison).
  • Former Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Financial Analyst Jerome Durden (15 months in prison).
  • Former Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Employee Relations Department Director Michael Brown (12 months in prison).
  • Former senior UAW officials Virdell King (60 days in prison).
  • Keith Mickens (12 months in prison).
  • Nancy A. Johnson (12 months in prison).
  • Monica Morgan, the widow of UAW Vice President General Holiefield, (18 months in prison).
  • Former UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell (15 months in prison).
  • Former senior UAW official Michael Grimes (28 months in prison).
  • Former UAW Midwest CAP President Edward “Nick” Robinson (one year in prison).
  • Former UAW Vice President Joseph Ashton (30 months in prison).
  • Former UAW President Dennis Williams (21 months in prison).
  • Former UAW President Gary Jones (28 months in prison).

Stellantis Corp., which includes the former Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, will be sentenced on June 21. Former UAW Region 5 Director and UAW Board member Vance Pearson also is awaiting sentencing.

Former senior UAW official Jeffrey “Paycheck” Pietrzyk died before he received a sentence.

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