The alleged corruption at the UAW may go all the way to the top.
Sources tell The Detroit News UAW President Gary Jones and former President Dennis Williams are the unidentified officials mentioned in a criminal case into the misspending of members' union dues.
In the criminal case, federal authorities identified four current and former senior officials as complicit in the embezzlement scheme. The government did not use their names but used labels to identify the union leaders, including “UAW Official A” and “UAW Official B,” and detailed numerous instances of misspending on golf, golf equipment, cigars, months-long rentals at private villas and falsified expense reports.
Jones and Williams' homes were raided by the FBI two weeks ago.
Yesterday, UAW regional director Vance Pearson was arrested for allegedly submitting fraudulent expense forms for reimbursement from the Detroit headquarters for expenditures in connection with leadership and training conferences.
The government says that he and the unidentified co-conspirators actually used the conferences to conceal the use of hundreds of thousands of dollars in UAW funds to pay for lavish entertainment and personal spending on items such as golf clubs, hats and jackets, meals and cigars.