Another charged, Another plea deal in UAW-FCA federal corruption investigation
"Keith Mickens accused of helping funnel away millions of dollars meant for training workers.
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. 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."
But, as Dennis has said none of this could have jeopardized any of the good faith negotiation's the IUAW was involved in.....