Dennis Williams, the former president of United Auto Workers (UAW), was convicted of embezzling from union funds. But it gets worse. The man had conspired with 6 other UAW union officers to pull the heists for several years before they got caught. As a result, he is now expected to spend the next twenty-one months of his life behind bars. He will also have to pay back $132,000 in restitution and a $10,000 fine. After his time is up, he serves a year of supervised release.
From the Department of Justice:
“Instead of serving the interests of the hard-working men and women of the UAW, Dennis Williams conspired with senior UAW officials to embezzle over $1 million in union funds. Williams spent the embezzled funds on extravagant meals, liquor, golf, and travel for personal enrichment. We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to investigate corrupt union officials who betray the union members they are entrusted to represent,” stated Irene Lindow, Special Agent-in-Charge, Chicago Region, U.S. Department of Labor Office of Inspector General. […]
“Safeguarding financial integrity in labor unions and combating financial malfeasance is a very high priority for the U.S. Department of Labor. While the vast majority of union officials do their work diligently and without incident, Dennis Williams betrayed the trust the UAW membership placed in him and embezzle hundreds of thousands of dollars from the UAW, so he could live a lavish lifestyle at the expense of the UAW and its members,” said Thomas Murray, District Director, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Labor-Management Standards. “OLMS will continue to work with its law enforcement partners to hold accountable anyone that unlawfully exploits their union position to enrich themselves without regard to the best interests of union members.”DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
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