Second UAW president sentenced to 28 months in prison in union corruption probe

The immediate past president of the United Auto Workers was sentenced Thursday to 28 months in prison for his part in a scheme with other leaders to steal as much as $1.5 million in union funds for lavish trips, golfing, alcohol and other luxuries.

Gary Jones is the second UAW president to be sentenced as part of a multiyear corruption probe into the prominent American labor union. He is one of 15 people to have been charged, including three Fiat Chrysler executives and his predecessor, Dennis Williams, who was sentenced last month to 21 months in prison.

His sentencing is among the last in the multiyear corruption probe, which has tarnished the union’s reputation, created mistrust among its members and led to federal oversight of the UAW.

During the hearing, Jones spoke quickly and somewhat emotionally as he apologized to the court, his family and UAW members.

“I failed [my family], and I failed the UAW,” he said before asking and pleading the judge for his mercy in sentencing.

Jones also must pay restitution or forfeit more than $750,000, including $550,000 restitution to the UAW and $42,000 to the IRS.

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