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Former UAW President Gary Jones arraigned on embezzlement charges

Posted at 4:11 PM, May 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-14 17:24:26-04

Former UAW President Gary Jones was arraigned Thursday afternoon on charges of embezzlement.

He was charged March 5 for allegedly embezzling more than a million dollars from the union with several other officials who have already been charged.

Jones waived being indicted by a federal grand jury, which is another indication he's moving quickly toward a plea deal.

He was not in court but appeared in front of Federal Magistrate Judge R. Steven Whalen on a Zoom video conference.

The Judge set:

  • Jones is free on $10,000 unsecured bond
  • Travel restrictions only within the US
  • Turn in his CPL
  • Not keep any guns
  • Report to US Marshals for processing

Jones, who resigned as president in November 2019, was the director of the UAW Region 5 from Oct. 2012 through June 2018. He is the highest-ranking UAW official to face charges in the ongoing corruption investigation.

According to the federal filing, Jones, Vance Pearson who also led Region 5 after Jones, Nick Robinson and other unnamed UAW officials "fraudulently obtaining hundreds of thousand of dollars of the UAW funds from the UAW headquarters, the UAW Southwest CAP and the UAW Midwest CAP."

The feds allege that the master account had arrangements with hotels throughout the country for union conferences and meetings relation to region 5, but they were used to "divert hundreds of thousands of dollars of UAW funds for the personal benefit of select senior UAW officials," including Jones, Pearson and Robinson.

Jones will have a plea hearing on June 3.