UAW president’s home targeted as part of federal raids, reports say

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DETROIT — The home of UAW President Gary Jones was targeted in a series of FBI raids across Michigan and other states, according to reports published by Detroit’s daily newspapers.

The raids are part of an investigation into a yearslong federal corruption scandal involving auto executives allegedly offering bribes and kickbacks to influence labor negotiations with the UAW.

The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press reported Wednesday that federal agents executed search warrants at multiple locations, including Jones’ home in Canton, Mich., and the UAW Black Lake Conference Center.

FBI spokeswoman Sutton Roach said:  “The FBI is executing lawful search warrants today. We decline to comment further at this time.”

The News reported Black Lake is part of the investigation of the UAW building a retirement home for former President Dennis Williams. The project has raised questions about union leaders spending membership dues on personal luxury items.

So far, nine Fiat Chrysler Automobiles executives and UAW officials have been charged in the scandal, including former UAW vice presidents General Holiefield and Norwood Jewell, and former FCA official Alphons Iacobelli. Michael Grimes, an assistant in the UAW’s GM department, was the first UAW official outside of the FCA department to be charged. Eight people have received prison sentences stemming from the probe.

The scandal has dominated union talks this summer as trust in union leadership has eroded.

There was no immediate comment from a UAW spokesman.

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