Joe Ashton Is Top UAW Ex-Officer Linked to Bribes

August 19, 2019, 2:33 AM

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Here's more shame for the United Auto Workers.

Former United Auto Workers Vice President Joe Ashton is the unnamed union official accused in a federal criminal complaint of demanding $550,000 in kickbacks and bribes from vendors and helping orchestrate an alleged conspiracy, four sources tell The Detroit News.

The allegations are in a complaint unsealed Wednesday. They use an alias for Ashton. 

Robert Snell, Daniel Howes and Breana Noble report: 

Ashton, 71, sat on General Motors Co.'s board of directors until resigning under a cloud of suspicion two years ago. He is the highest-ranking official linked to a criminal investigation into whether money and illegal benefits corrupted UAW leaders and the collective bargaining process.

The News story also identifies UAW official Mike Grimes as an unnamed person in the complaint who is being charged with wire fraud conspiracy and money laundering.  

Read more:  The Detroit News

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