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Another Former UAW Official Pleads Guilty in Bribery Scheme

King follows Durden's lead and pleads guilty.

by on Aug.31, 2017

Former UAW official Virdell King pleaded guilty to illegally accepting money and gifts from Fiat Chrysler.

The former assistant director of the United Auto Workers’ Chrysler Department, Virdell King, pleaded guilty to felony conspiracy charges stemming from her role in the massive bribery scheme that has engulfed Fiat Chrysler and the UAW.

King served as the chief lieutenant for UAW vice president General Holiefield. She was implicated to a scheme that centered on Holiefield and siphoned off millions of dollars in training funds into the pockets of select union and company officials. Holiefield died in 2015 and King is the most senior union official for far indicted in the federal probe.

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She faces potential jail time ranging from 16 month five years. Her sentence will be handed down in early January. (more…)

Marchionne Hints FCA May Sue Former Labor Chief Over Alleged $2.2m Theft

A “most egregious breach of trust.”

by on Jul.27, 2017

General Holiefield, left, UAW vice president, and Alphons Iacobelli, right, former FCA union negotiator.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne spoke out angrily about the scam allegedly hatched by its former labor chief and three others to steal $2.2 million in labor training funds.

Describing the case as a “most egregious breach of trust,” Marchionne said FCA was considering filing a lawsuit aimed at recovering some of that money from former labor chief Al Iacobelli. The 57-year-old Iacobelli was named in a federal indictment handed down Wednesday, along with Jerome Dunden, a one-time financial analyst for the automaker. The scheme also appears to have involved a former executive with the United Auto Workers Union. Now deceased, General Holiefield’s widow was also charged by the government.

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Echoing comments made by UAW President Dennis Williams, Marchionne sent a note to FCA employees on Thursday “expressing my disgust at the conduct alleged in the indictment which constitutes the most egregious breach of trust by the individuals involved.”

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