UAW official Edward ‘Nick’ Robinson charged in labor conspiracy

DETROIT – Edward “Nick” Robinson was charged Thursday in an ongoing investigation into corruption.

Robinson was the president of a United Automobile Workers Midwest Community Action Program. He was charged with conspiracy to embezzle union funds and conspiracy to defraud the United States.

He is the 12th person charged in the ongoing investigation.

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Court documents allege Robinson knowingly conspired with other individuals to embezzle union funds.

Much of the money obtained, the documents report, were through the submission of vouchers that claimed payments were for legitimate expenses for UAW conferences.

According to the court documents, Robinson was directed by a UAW official to divert more than $850,000 from the Midwest Community Actions Program through unsubstantiated and unauthorized checks.

It is alleged that Robinson, Vance Pearson and other UAW officials received more than $1.5 million in income, which was falsely and fraudulently omitted from IRS forms filed by the UAW.

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