US prosecutors charge ex-UAW official of conspiracy in widening corruption probe

FBI brokers end loading supplies right into a truck out of the house of United Auto Staff President Gary Jones on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019.

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DETROIT – The previous high aide of retired United Auto Staff Vice President Joe Ashton, a former member of the Normal Motors board of administrators, was charged Friday with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and cash laundering.

Jeff Pietrzyk, who retired from the union in 2014, is the eleventh particular person to be charged in a widening federal probe that has led to the convictions of 9 others and the arrest of a present member of the union’s high governing board.

Prosecutors accuse Pietrzyk of conspiring with different union leaders to obtain thousands and thousands of {dollars} in bribes and kickbacks from distributors that made hats, shirts and different merchandise for the union, internally often known as “trinkets and trash”

Pietrzyk was charged in a felony data, which implies a responsible plea is predicted.

The fees in opposition to Pietrzyk come two weeks after Michael Grimes, one in every of his alleged co-conspirators, pleaded responsible to receiving a minimum of $1.5 million in kickbacks from union distributors and per week after the arrest of UAW Area 5 Director Vance Pearson, who was charged with embezzling union funds and different felony costs.

The fees in opposition to Pietrzyk are anticipated so as to add to what have been already anticipated to be contentious contract negotiations between the union and the Huge Three Detroit automakers.

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