Former UAW vice president sentenced to 30 months for taking $250,000 in bribes and kickbacks
Ashton and his UAW co-conspirators demanded kickbacks on the $3.9 million contract for the Center for Human Resources to buy 58,000 watches for all UAW members employed by GM. However, the watches were never distributed to UAW members. Read more: UAW president steps down as GM sues rival over union briberyAshton is one of 15 defendants convicted in connection with the ongoing criminal investigation into illegal payoffs to UAW officials by FCA executives and corruption within the UAW itself. In addition, the following UAW officials have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing: former UAW President Gary Jones, former senior UAW official Jeffrey “Paycheck” Pietrzyk, former UAW Region 5 Director and UAW Board member Vance Pearson, former UAW Midwest CAP President Edward “Nick” Robinson, and former UAW President Dennis Williams. Ashton’s greed caused irreparable damage to the trust UAW members have in their leaders who are supposed to represent their best interests,” stated Schneider.
Former UAW official pleads guilty to accepting kickbacks
FILE PHOTO: United Auto Workers (UAW) vice-president Joseph Ashton addresses the attendees at the UAW Constitutional Convention in Detroit, Michigan, U.S. June 2, 2014. Ashton, when asked by the judge whether he was pleading guilty because he was guilty, responded Yes, your honor. He declined to comment after the brief hearing. The FBI has been conducting an investigation into illegal payoffs to UAW officials by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). Federal prosecutors said Ashton and other UAW officials steered an inflated $4 million contract to a vendor to provide 58,000 watches to UAW members. Last month, former UAW president Gary Jones, who has been linked to the federal probe, resigned his position and subsequently left the union.feeds.reuters.com
UAW leader, a former GM board member, charged in ongoing federal corruption probe
DETROIT Federal prosecutors have charged retired United Auto Workers Vice President Joseph Ashton, a former board member of General Motors, as part of its corruption probe into the union. Ashton, who resigned from the GM board in December 2017 after reportedly being linked to the investigation, was charged with fraud and money laundering conspiracies. Ashton was charged Wednesday in a criminal information filing, which indicates a guilty plea is expected. Nor was the company aware that "he allegedly continued to benefit from this conduct" while a member of the board, it said. An alleged scheme identified by federal prosecutors involved a nearly $4 million contract with the training facility for commemorative watches.cnbc.com