Latest UAW Official Charged In Corruption Scandal May Plead Guilty


Former UAW V.P. Norwood Jewell is the highest-ranking UAW official charged yet. He is expected to plead guilty in early April and faces up to five years in prison..

On Monday, in the ongoing UAW corruption scandal, federal prosecutors charged the highest-raking UAW leader to be charged yet with misusing funds that were meant to go to a training center used by union members employed by Fiat-Chrysler.

“Norwood Jewell, who headed the UAW’s FCA department from 2014 until his retirement in January 2018,” reported Reuters on Monday, “was charged with conspiracy to violate labor laws and accepting improper payments in a criminal information – often a precursor to a plea agreement.”

Jewell is the highest-ranking former UAW official charged so far in a wide-ranging investigation into illegal payoffs to UAW officials. To date, seven people have been sentenced in the government’s ongoing corruption investigation.

Jewell is set to appear before a judge on April 2 for a plea hearing and, according to the Detroit News, he is expected to plead guilty.

Former UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell is expected to plead guilty to a labor conspiracy charge next month in federal court and could be sentenced to up to five years in prison.

The plea hearing was scheduled Thursday, three days after Jewell became the highest-ranking former union official charged in an ongoing corruption investigation of the U.S. auto industry. The investigation has raised questions about the sanctity of labor negotiations and shown that UAW officials betrayed the trust of blue-collar workers by accepting thousands of dollars in illegal payments from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles executives.

“The judge has sentenced seven others to prison for their roles in the auto-industry corruption scandal,” is was reported, “including former Fiat Chrysler Vice President Alphons Iacobelli.”

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