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Response to Department of Justice Investigation

Statement in Response to Department of Justice Investigation


"FCA US and the UAW were the victims of malfeasance by certain of their respective employees that held roles at the National Training Center (NTC), an independent legal entity. These egregious acts were neither known to nor sanctioned by FCA US. Upon learning of possible malfeasance in June 2015, the Company investigated the matter and, as a result, Mr. Iacobelli and Mr. Durden were promptly separated from the Company upon FCA US obtaining credible evidence of wrongdoing. The Company has also worked with the UAW to implement governance, auditing and structural reforms to improve the accountability and transparency of the NTC.

FCA US has cooperated fully with the U.S. Attorney’s office in its investigation of this matter. We remain committed to ensuring that the Company and its employees act in a manner consistent with high standards of legal compliance, ethics, integrity and quality.

The Company intends to pursue all potential legal remedies against Mr. Iacobelli and any other culpable parties. As the U.S. Attorney’s investigation is ongoing, the Company cannot comment further."

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Ex-Fiat Chrysler executive charged in union official payoff

A former Fiat Chrysler executive was charged Wednesday with looting a training center for blue-collar workers by giving $1.2 million through a variety of ways to a UAW leader, his wife and other senior union officials.

Al Iacobelli was indicted in an alleged conspiracy involving United Auto Workers vice president General Holiefield and Holiefield's wife, Monica Morgan. Holiefield died in 2015.


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The indictment describes a multiyear scheme to reward Holiefield and Morgan with first-class travel, designer clothing and jewelry. A $262,000 mortgage on their home in suburban Detroit was paid off, according to the grand jury.

Iacobelli treated himself to more than $350,000 for a Ferrari, the government alleged.

The "indictment exposes a disturbing criminal collaboration that was ongoing for years between high ranking officials of FCA and the UAW," said David Gelios, head of the FBI in Detroit. FCA is Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

In June 2015, Iacobelli suddenly departed from Fiat Chrysler with little explanation. He was the company's North American labor relations chief and head of Mexico human resources. Holiefield was responsible for negotiating with Fiat Chrysler on behalf of the UAW.

The allegations call "into question the integrity of contracts negotiated during the course of this criminal conspiracy," Gelios said.

The government said the money came from the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center in Detroit, which was created to retrain auto workers. Fiat Chrysler made annual payments of $13 million to $28 million to the center, from 2009 to 2014. Iacobelli and Holiefield were co-chairmen.

Morgan and Iacobelli are charged with conspiracy and tax crimes. Iacobelli is also charged with making illegal payments to a union official.

Morgan's lawyer, Steve Fishman, declined to comment. A message seeking comment was left for Iacobelli's lawyer.

In separate statements, Fiat Chrysler and the UAW said they were unaware of the alleged scheme while it was unfolding. The automaker said it got rid of Iacobelli and Jerome Durden, who worked in finance, after "obtaining credible evidence of wrongdoing" in 2015.

"The UAW has zero tolerance for corruption or wrongdoing of this kind at any level," said union president Dennis Williams, who called the case a "betrayal of trust."

Iacobelli landed another job — at rival General Motors as executive director of labor relations. GM spokesman Tom Wickham said he didn't know his status after the indictment.

Iacobelli is accused of enriching himself, too. The indictment said $40,000 was transferred from the training center to complete the purchase of two solid gold Mont Blanc pens. He also is accused of taking thousands more to install a pool, outdoor kitchen, spa and landscaping at his home in Rochester Hills, Michigan.

Separately, prosecutors unsealed a conspiracy charge against Durden, who handled finances at the training center. The charge was filed as criminal "information," which means that a guilty plea is expected. His lawyer declined to comment.

The government alleges that a complex web of phony charities, sham corporations and credit cards was created to divert money from the training center.

Durden reported that he, Iacobelli and others set up a liberal policy for credit cards as part of an effort to keep union officials "fat, dumb and happy," according to the indictment.

The government did not explain what Fiat Chrysler might have gained from the payments to Holiefield and his wife. Union workers there have received less lucrative contracts than workers at Ford Motor and GM. But Fiat Chrysler also has not been as profitable as its rivals.

Holiefield began his career in 1973 as a Chrysler factory worker in Detroit. He became a UAW vice president in 2006.

He took a leave of absence in 2014 after he was charged with accidentally shooting his wife while cleaning a handgun at his home. Holiefield soon retired. Less than a year later, in March 2015, he died of pancreatic cancer at age 61.

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How feds say a Fiat Chrysler company man and a union negotiator teamed up to get rich

Aug. 1, 2017

General Holiefield was a larger-than-life union negotiator with a big smile who teamed up with a sharply dressed corporate executive at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to siphon money into each other's pockets, according to a 42-page grand jury indictment unsealed last week.

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Holiefield, who died in March 2015, was a polarizing figure. At about 6-foot-3, he was nearly as broad as he was tall. He could be engaging and funny. He also could be blunt — a trait that came off as dismissive for many of the UAW members who came to distrust him.

Al Iacobelli, as Fiat Chrysler's labor chief, was a high-ranking executive with a lot of power and influence who, like most corporate labor chiefs, worked hard to keep a low public profile.

Together, they formed a partnership that went beyond the negotiating table and are accused of leading what could scar the union for years to come — and, in the eyes of some workers, calls into question some of the deals cut between the company and the union.

Last week, Holiefield's wife, Monica Morgan, along with Iacobelli and a Fiat Chrysler financial analyst, were indicted for conspiring to defraud the U.S. government and violating the National Labor Relations Act. Morgan was arraigned Monday in U.S. District Court in Detroit and Iacobelli is scheduled to be arraigned today.

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Eight additional executives and UAW leaders are mentioned but not identified in the 42-page indictment, and more charges are expected, according to people familiar with the investigation.

While there were rumors for years about Holiefield's ethics, multiple people interviewed by the Free Press were surprised that Iacobelli conspired with the union official to take money.

"The fact that a UAW vice president and a Fiat Chrysler VP were allegedly involved in this case is partly what makes it so unusual," said Gary Klotz, a corporate labor attorney.

Jerry Dias, president of Unifor, the union that negotiated with Iacobelli for Canadian autoworker contracts, said he always viewed him as a professional labor executive.

“I’ve probably known Al for 15 years. … This is right out of left field. I never would have expected it,” Dias said. “I’m in shock, to say the least. … If, in fact, the allegations are correct, then it’s a huge betrayal.”

Friends of Holiefield, who also was active in civil rights circles, describe him as warm and caring.

"The General Holiefield that I knew was a gentle giant. He was very much in tune with the needs and the concerns and the cares of the working people," said Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon, who knew the former UAW VP for many years before his death in 2015. "He had a very kind and generous heart and was a very passionate person."

While Holiefield and Iacobelli were supposed to be adversaries, they also had to work with each other to forge a relationship based on trust in order to get deals done. It's a precarious relationship every labor negotiator must navigate.

"I think there is a danger for the UAW, or for any union, to get too friendly with company officials," said Arthur Wheaton, director of the labor and environmental programs at Cornell University. "The membership will vote the union leadership out if they are seen as in bed with management."

The relationship between Iacobelli and Holiefield not only crossed ethical boundaries, it crossed legal boundaries, according to a federal grand jury indictment unveiled last week. The two men devised ways.....
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Ex-UAW star charged with stealing

Ex-UAW star charged with stealing from FCA to buy designer clothes, shoes, shotgun

Aug. 18, 2017


A one-time rising star at the UAW became the fourth person today charged in a growing federal corruption probe involving Fiat Chrysler executives and union officials who allegedly stole worker-training funds to buy trips, designer clothes, a Ferrari, shot gun and $37,500 Mont Blanc pens.

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Retired UAW Associate Director Virdell King, the first African-American female to be elected president of a local union in UAW-Chrysler's history, was charged in U.S. District Court today with being part of a conspiracy that involved the theft of more than $4.5 million in autoworker training funds.

King, 65, of Detroit, was charged in what is known as an "information" — a charging document that typically means the defendant is cooperating and working on a plea deal with the government.

She bought designer shoes, clothing, jewelry and luggage using credit cards that were issued through the UAW-Chrysler national Training Center, according to court documents.

And King did this, the government alleges, with the blessing of former FCA Vice President Alphons Iacobelli, who has also been charged.

"Iacobelli told senior UAW officials that they could use their NTC credit cards to make personal purchases, stating, 'if you see something you want, feel free to buy it,' " prosecutors allege in the court document.

King also is accused of making more than $40,000 in additional purchases that pampered other senior UAW officials, including a shotgun, golf equipment, luggage, concert tickets, theme part tickets and other items.

All of those purchases, the government says, were paid for with FCA funds. King's attorney, John Shea, was not immediately available for comment.

The Free Press has learned from multiple sources that the shotgun that King allegedly purchased was for Norwood Jewell, a UAW vice president, for his birthday.

The UAW has acknowledged that Jewell received a shotgun with training funds as a gift.

“In 2015 Norwood Jewell was given a gift of a shotgun that, without his knowledge, had been purchased using NTC funds. When he discovered the source of the funds in early 2016 he reimbursed the NTC for the $2,180 cost of the gun,” the UAW said in a statement. “We have thoroughly investigated the matter and concluded that Norwood Jewell did noting illegal and has acted within the UAW’s ethical practices.”

UAW spokesman Brian Rothenberg declined to say whether Jewell or UAW President Dennis Williams have testified before a grand jury. He emphasized that the UAW continues to cooperate with the investigation.

People charged in the case so far include Monica Morgan, the wife of the late UAW Vice President General Holiefield, and former Fiat Chrysler Vice President Al Iacobelli of Rochester Hills, who were indicted last month on charges he unlawfully steered $1.2 million in employee-training funds to Morgan, Holiefield and others.

Also charged in the case is Jerome Durden of Rochester, a financial analyst at FCA who allegedly helped conceal the fraud. He pleaded guilty to his role in the scheme and faces up to five years in prison.

Once a rising star, now she's FBI target in alleged FCA/UAW scam

Once a rising star, now she's FBI target in alleged FCA/UAW scam

The entity at the center of the financial scandal is the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center. The training center, initially established in the 1986s as the result of contract negotiations, is a tax-exempt non-profit corporation that operates separately from the UAW and Fiat Chrysler.

The organization was initially funded from money taken out of workers pay checks and is jointly managed by Fiat Chrysler and the UAW. Over time, Fiat Chrysler agreed to directly fund the training center based on the terms of new contracts. Funding ranged from $13 million to $31 million per year.

The training center was initially housed at 2211 Jefferson Avenue in Detroit but now primarily operates out of World Class Manufacturing Academy at 2500 E 9 Mile Road.

Neither the UAW nor Fiat Chrysler had full control of the entity. In fact, the structure was designed to require oversight from both as a way to prevent corruption. That structure later proved to be a hindrance for the UAW as it conducted an internal investigation.

But, according to court documents, those named in the indictment and other unnamed officials from both the union and the company worked together to steal funds intended for worker development.

In 2012, Iacobelli told Durden to obtain credit cards for Holiefield and other senior UAW officials. The credit cards were issued in the name of NTC and UAW officials were encouraged to use them for personal use.

Durden told investigators that he and Iacobelli "created a liberal spending policy" for those who had the credit cards. In one year, Holiefield purchased more than $200,000 of personal purchases on his NTC credit cards.

At one point, in 2012, Holiefield sent King shopping and she spent $1,000 on designer goods for his wife, Morgan, and another $1,000 on herself.

As early as January 2014, UAW President Bob King -- who is unrelated to Virdell King -- was conducting an internal investigation into the UAW-NTC's finances, and was asking Fiat Chrysler to produce records.

"We cannot provide the requested type of information to such people," an unidentified Fiat Chrysler employee said in an email to Iacobelli in January 2014.

In response, Iacobelli told the Fiat Chrysler employee to stall and resist the request for documents.

The UAW says it continues to cooperate with investigators.

“We are disheartened by the misconduct alleged in today’s indictment," the UAW said in an statement today. "Ms. King is no longer with the union and hasn’t been since February 2016. Based on our own internal investigation, we believe anyone who engaged in intentional misconduct is no longer employed by the UAW. We continue to cooperate with the DOJ and share information with the government.”

Coincidentally, today's charges come the same day Fiat Chrysler cancelled, for the second time, an event that was to include Jewell, as well as CEO Sergio Marchionne and other officials at the company’s Belvidere Assembly Plant in Illinois.

The event was to celebrate a $300 million investment at the plant and the movement of the Jeep Cherokee from Toledo to the Illinois plant.

An email from a company spokeswoman today cited “unforeseeable circumstances” as the reason that the event was canceled and said the company intends to reschedule it.

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Feds seize $350K, second luxury pen in FCA-UAW scandal

Oct. 17, 2017

Detroit — FBI agents have seized $354,000 and rare $35,700 fountain pens during a hunt for money and assets tied to Alphons Iacobelli, the former Fiat Chrysler executive charged in a corruption scandal.

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Federal court records and interviews offer insight into a search conducted in the background of a $4.5 million corruption case involving one of Detroit’s Big Three automakers and the United Auto Workers. The hunt includes upscale locales, a six-digit check and a cameo by a neighbor of Iacobelli.

The money and luxury fountain pens could help offset financial harm caused during what prosecutors labeled a years-long conspiracy. The conspiracy was headed by Iacobelli and drained millions of dollars in Fiat Chrysler money from a fund that was supposed to help train UAW blue-collar workers, prosecutors allege.

“Anything the government traces to a crime, they can seize,” said Peter Henning, a Wayne State University law professor and former federal prosecutor.

Details about the hunt emerged Tuesday, less than three months after the former Fiat Chrysler labor negotiator and Monica Morgan-Holiefield, widow of former UAW Vice President General Holiefield, were indicted by a federal grand jury. They are accused of participating in a scheme that siphoned millions of dollars in training funds earmarked for blue-collar workers.
The Montblanc pens feature 18-karat gold fittings,


The Montblanc pens feature 18-karat gold fittings, a blue sapphire embedded in the clip, a mother-of-pearl cap ringed by three diamonds and an 18-karat gold tip. (Photo: Montblanc)

Iacobelli, 58, is accused of spending more than $1 million of union funds on luxury items, including his house, pool, outdoor spa and kitchen, a Ferrari and the two limited-edition, gold Montblanc fountain pens.

Between October 2013 and September 2014, Iacobelli and others transferred more than $350,000 from the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center to buy the Ferrari, prosecutors said.

Iacobelli bought the used Ferrari from a dealership in Naples, Florida, in May 2014. The cherry red roadster had “IACOBLI” personalized plates.

Iacobelli, however, dumped the Ferrari for a $73,000 loss in September 2015 within days of prosecutors signaling his involvement in the $4.5 million corruption scandal.

Six months later, FBI agents tracked down some of the money.

Search warrant documents obtained by The Detroit News reveal that in March 2016, agents seized $354,000.

The $354,000 was a check given to the U.S. Marshals Service by the law firm Butzel Long. That’s the same firm that employs Iacobelli’s defense lawyer, David DuMouchel.

“I would expect the law firm saw what was coming and said to Iacobelli ‘You’ve got to turn this money over,’ ” Henning said. “You don’t want the government rummaging around and hunting all over.”
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Plea Deals Set for Ex-Fiat Chrysler Exec

Plea Deals Set for Ex-Fiat Chrysler Exec, Wife of Labor VP

Jan. 16, 2018


A former Fiat Chrysler executive and the widow of a former UAW leader have struck plea deals as part of a $4.5 million corruption scandal involving the Detroit Three automakers and the United Auto Workers.

Former FCA labor negotiator Alphons Iacobelli and Monica Morgan-Holiefield, the widow of former UAW Vice President General Holiefield, are expected to plead guilty to unspecified federal charges next week.

The plea deals come as federal agents have expanded the corruption investigation to include a former member of General Motors Co.’s board and the United Auto Workers training centers funded by all three Detroit automakers.

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Iacobelli and Morgan-Holiefield are accused of participating in a scheme that siphoned millions of dollars in training funds earmarked for blue-collar workers. Four people have been charged in a case that raised questions about the sanctity of labor deals negotiated between the UAW and automakers.

Iacobelli sanctioned the use of training center cards by UAW leaders for personal expenses in a bid to keep senior labor leaders “fat, dumb and happy,” according to a court filing.

Lawyers for Iacobelli, 58, of Rochester Hills, and Morgan-Holiefield, 54, of Harrison Township, declined comment Tuesday.

Iacobelli is accused of spending more than $1 million of union funds on luxury items, including his house, pool, outdoor spa and kitchen, a Ferrari and the two limited-edition, gold Montblanc fountain pens.

Between October 2013 and September 2014, Iacobelli and others transferred more than $350,000 from the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center to buy the Ferrari, prosecutors said.

He was indicted alongside Morgan-Holiefield in July on eight counts, including conspiracy to violate the Labor Management Relations Act, making prohibited payments to union officials, conspiracy to defraud and subscribing false tax returns, the most severe of which carry penalties of up to five years in federal prison.

He is scheduled to plead guilty Jan. 22 in front of U.S. District Judge Paul Borman.

Morgan-Holiefield was accused of participating in a multi-year enrichment scheme that allegedly included paying off her $262,000 mortgage and $30,000 in airline tickets to cities across the U.S.

Morgan-Holiefield also was charged with using companies including Monica Morgan Photography, Wilson’s Diversified Products and a third company to hide Fiat Chrysler payments from Iacobelli and others to Holiefield — and for failing to report that income on her individual tax returns.

Some of the money and payments from Fiat Chrysler to Holiefield and Morgan-Holiefield came through the nonprofit Leave the Light on Foundation in Detroit, which was controlled by Holiefield, according to court records. Tax records indicate that the group supported youth organizations and education.

Court records say between July 2009 and May 2011, more than $150,000 was given to the foundation through the training center, including payments of more than $70,000 to Monica Morgan ........
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Ex-Fiat Chrysler Exec Pleads Guilty in Union Payoff Scheme

Jan. 22, 2018


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A former Fiat Chrysler executive pleaded guilty Monday to showering more than $1.5 million in cash and gifts on high-ranking members of the United Auto Workers, admitting he turned the budget of a company-sponsored training center into a slush fund to curry favor with union officials.

Al Iacobelli said a key beneficiary was General Holiefield, a UAW vice president who was responsible for negotiating with Fiat Chrysler on behalf of the union. A $262,000 mortgage on his suburban Detroit home was paid off in 2014 with a check from the training center.

Iacobelli pleaded guilty to conspiracy and a tax crime and likely faces eight years in federal prison. He failed to report $861,000 in money taken from the training center in 2014.

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Wife of late UAW official pleads guilty

Wife of late UAW official pleads guilty in corruption probe

February 06, 2018

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The wife of a late union official has pleaded guilty to a tax crime in a federal corruption investigation at a training center run by Fiat Chrysler and the United Auto Workers.

Monica Morgan pleaded guilty Tuesday and faces up to 27 months in prison. She owes $191,000 in restitution.

Morgan was married to General Holiefield, who was a UAW vice president before his death in 2015. Former Fiat Chrysler labor negotiator Al Iacobelli admits he spent more than $1.5 million in cash and gifts on high-ranking UAW members, including Holiefield.

A $262,000 mortgage on Holiefield's home was paid off with training center money that came from Fiat Chrysler.

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FCA/UAW scandal widens

FCA/UAW scandal widens as 5th person charged

March 13, 2018


Detroit – The UAW public corruption prosecution widened Tuesday as a former labor leader was accused of buying luggage, electronics, designer clothes and golf equipment with money that was supposed to help train blue-collar workers.

Keith Mickens, 64, of Detroit, a former senior UAW official assigned to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, is the fifth person charged in a corruption scandal that has led to four convictions. Mickens was charged in a criminal information, which means a guilty plea is expected.


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He was charged in federal court with violating the Labor Management Relations Act, a five-year felony. The law prohibits employers or those working for them from paying, lending or delivering money or other valuables to officers or employees of labor organizations — and from labor leaders from accepting such items.

The charge is the latest in a conspiracy that has led to a shakeup at the highest levels of the U.S. auto industry and which raised questions about the sanctity of labor negotiations that determine pay, benefits and working conditions for thousands of workers.

The charge, like the others, is part of a scandal involving UAW training centers funded by all three Detroit automakers.

Mickens is accused of conspiring with Alphons Iacobelli, a former Fiat Chrysler labor executive, the late UAW Vice President General Holiefield and others.

The conspiracy ran from 2010 until 2015 and involved Fiat Chrysler officials giving money and valuable items to UAW officials, according to prosecutors.

Iacobelli, former Fiat Chrysler analyst Jerome Durden and others used the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center bank accounts and credit cards to hide the payments to Mickens and others, including former senior UAW official Virdell King, according to the government.

Prosecutors allege that Iacobelli and other UAW-Chrysler training center officials created a liberal spending policy to keep senior UAW leaders “fat, dumb and happy.”

In May 2011, Mickens and others arranged for Holiefield’s then-girlfriend to fly first-class from Michigan to California, according to federal court records. The trip cost more than $2,100 and was paid for with training center funds.

The date of the trip matches an allegation that first emerged last summer when prosecutors indicted Iacobelli and Holiefield’s widow, Monica Morgan-Holiefield.

Iacobelli and Morgan-Holiefield have pleaded guilty for their roles in the scandal and are awaiting sentencing in federal court.

From 2012 to 2015, Mickens, Holiefield and others continued using training center credit cards to pay for personal purchases, according to court records.

In January 2013, Mickens used his training center credit card to buy more than $1,000 worth of luggage, according to the government.

By 2014, Mickens had spent more than $6,500 in training center funds on electronics, designer clothes and golf equipment for himself and other UAW leaders, according to court records.

Durden and King also are awaiting sentencing in federal court after striking plea deals with federal prosecutors.

Durden helped transfer millions of dollars in training center funds to Holiefield, Morgan-Holiefield and Iacobelli. He faces up to 37 months in prison and is expected to cooperate with prosecutors.

King, who admitted misusing funds that were intended to train and retrain blue-collar workers, faces up to 16 months in prison and is expected to cooperate with the investigation.
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Another charge, plea deal in UAW-FCA federal corruption investigation

Another charge, plea deal in UAW-FCA federal corruption investigation

April 05, 2018



Keith Mickens accused of helping funnel away millions of dollars meant for training workers
Former Fiat Chrysler executive Al Iacobelli also has pleaded guilty
Officials have admitted to accepting thousands of dollars' worth of clothing, electronics and golf equipment


A former UAW official pleaded guilty Thursday for his role in the widening, multimillion-dollar corruption scandal involving a joint training center between the union and Fiat Chrysler.

Keith Mickens, 64, who oversaw operations of the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to violate the Labor Relations Act as part of a plea deal with federal investigators.

The release of Mickens' plea comes a day after Michael Brown, a former FCA US employee, was charged with one count of lying to a federal grand jury about the scope of the conspiracy.


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Brown is the seventh person charged with criminal involvement in the corruption scandal. Of those, Mickens is the fifth to plead guilty. The Detroit News reported that Brown, 60, was a director in Fiat Chrysler's employee relations department at the time of his testimony, but he has since left the company.

Mickens was indicted March 13 for conspiring with Alphons Iacobelli, a former Fiat Chrysler labor executive, and late UAW Vice President General Holiefield from 2010 until 2015. Also pleading guilty to using stolen funds are Holiefield's widow, Monica Morgan; Virdell King, a retired UAW associate director; and Jerome Durden, a former FCA financial analyst. Nancy Johnson, a former top aide to ex-UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell, was also charged for misusing training center funds, though she has not yet been arraigned.

Mickens faces up to 2 1/2 years in federal prison — shortened in the deal from an original 5-year maximum — after admitting Thursday to spending more than $7,000 on luggage, golf equipment and unspecified items at two Best Buy locations using training center bank accounts and credit cards.

Mickens was co-director of the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center and was on the center's Joint Activities Board.

In July 2013, Mickens secured a check for $13,500 payable to Monica Morgan Photography, according to the 28-page plea deal he signed on March 14. A few days later Morgan and Holiefield used the money to settle the remaining balance on a swimming pool at their Harrison Township home.

The plea deal also says that in January 2016, FCA offered to pay Mickens $25,000 as part of a "one-time, non-precedent setting, incentivized retirement program" on the condition that he agree in writing not to disclose information of the payment to any third parties or members of the media.

Mickens' sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 6.

In another development, federal prosecutors said Thursday that officials searched Jewell's home in Swartz Creek on Nov. 3, 2017, as first reported by Automotive News on Jan. 31. Tax records, social security information, and other personal documents were taken from his home, according to a stipulated protective order that mentions the search warrant materials.

The document mentions that Iacobelli's and Morgan's homes were searched as well.

Jewell has not been charged with a crime.
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