Federals accuse 16th person in UAW corruption investigation after internal union scrutiny

Vehicles include a 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT valued at $74,000, a 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk valued at $96,000, and a 2021 Dodge Durango valued at $76,000, among others. Prosecutors allege that Edmonds purchased approximately 10 firearms worth between $500 and $2,000.

Federals say UAW auditors discovered he made more than $30,000 in unauthorized ATM transactions at the Greektown casino in downtown Detroit between 2018 and 2020 using a local 412 credit card. A subsequent investigation found he put more than $16 million into play. In the casino between 2016 and 2020.

A UAW spokesperson on Wednesday referred to the September statement issued after the union discovered inappropriate spending.

“We have put together a greatly improved audit system, and while we are outraged by the misappropriation of receivables, we are encouraged that UAW auditors themselves have discovered and reported abuse of union receivables through the new audit guidelines,” UAW Treasurer Frank Stoglin said then. “We are confident that these new guidelines will identify any similar activity in our union and will act as a deterrent to prevent such activity in the future.”

The latest charges raise questions about how long the corruption investigation, which largely ended after a settlement with the union that included a six-year oversight period, could last.

So far, the prosecution has brought charges against 16 people. Earlier this year, FCA US LLC, now Stylantis, pleaded guilty to charges of violating the Taft-Hartley Act.

Detroit news The charges against Edmonds were reported earlier Wednesday.

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