UAW officer caught for embezzlement

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Federal prosecutors have accused the financial secretary of United Auto Workers Local 412, which represents the salaried employees of the Stellantis Technical Center in Auburn Hills, Michigan and the Stellantis plants around Detroit, with money laundering and embezzlement of more than $ 2 million. dollars to help support his gambling. habit.

UAW Local 412 Officer Timothy Edmunds was charged by federal investigators with embezzling $ 2 million from the union. (Photo credit: UAW Local 412)

Timothy Edmunds, 53, was charged in a criminal complaint with misappropriation of union funds over a 10-year period, running from 2011 to 2021, according to Saima S. Mohsin, the U.S. interim attorney for the Eastern District. of Michigan. Edmunds now faces more than 20 years and jail time and fines totaling over $ 500,000.

The allegations followed an investigation involving the FBI, the United States Department of Labor and IRS agents, who are responsible for the criminal investigation, Mohsin said.

Edmunds is also accused of failing to keep trade union records as required by federal law and filing false reports with the Department of Labor between 2015 and 2021.

According to federal prosecutors, between 2011 and 2021, Edmunds served as the financial secretary-treasurer of the Local 412 union, which represents approximately 2,600 employee members of FCA US LLC, owned by Stellantis NV.

In addition to the Auburn Hills Technology Center, Local 412 members also work as engineers, nurses and clerks at Stellantis factories throughout the Detroit area, including Sterling Stamping Plant, Mack Engine Plant, Warren Truck Assembly Plant, Warren Stamping Plant and Jefferson Assembly Plant.

Problem for UAW while voting to change UAW constitution is underway

UAW Timothy Edmunds casino video
Edmunds, shown in the Greektown Casino surveillance video, spent some of the money on gambling.

The allegations against Edmunds are a new problem for the UAW board, which is already facing a major strike at John Deere and the aftermath of a long-running scandal, which has sent the last two union presidents, Gary Jones and Dennis, to jail. Williams.

This all happened when senior officials rejected calls for sweeping changes in the union’s constitution, which would have allowed union members to vote for their top leaders rather than have them selected by delegates at a tightly controlled convention run by the union’s entrenched leadership.

The referendum votes on “One-Man One Vote” as the matter was framed should return to the hands of the court-appointed monitor, who now oversees the elections and union finances, should be returned by UAW members by morning of November 4th. 29

Stolen money used for gambling

The criminal complaint alleges that Edmunds “systematically drained” Local 412 accounts of approximately $ 2 million using Local 412 debit cards for more than $ 142,000 in personal purchases. He also cashed Local 412 checks worth $ 170,000 on accounts he personally controlled and transferred $ 1.5 million from bona fide Local 412 accounts to accounts he personally controlled.

Edmunds, fourth from left, faces more than 20 years in prison and a $ 500,000 fine.

Once Edmunds converted the funds for his own use, he used the money to gamble, buy luxury clothes, high-end automobiles, and firearms. To conceal his theft from other UAW officers and members of Local 412, Edmunds created fake bank statements and filed false reports with the United States Department of Labor.

Edmunds’ misconduct was denounced by the UAW, which tightened its internal accounting procedures under pressure from federal authorities, investigating the scandal within the union. Auditors from the UAW international union, who recently conducted an audit of Local 412, provided federal agents with detailed information on Edmunds’ diversion of approximately $ 2 million in Local 412 funds.

Between 2018 and 2020, Edmunds used the UAW Local 412 debit card to make over $ 30,000 in unauthorized withdrawals at Greektown Casino. While playing at Greektown Casino, records indicate Edmunds had cash buy-ins of over $ 1 million and wagered over $ 16 million while betting at the casino.

Between 2020 and present, Edmunds has logged at least 10 firearms, with a price tag of between $ 500 and $ 2,000 per firearm. In February 2016, Edmunds purchased a 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT for $ 74,365.

In July 2020, Edmunds bought a 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, for $ 96,419, and in July 2021, Edmunds bought a 2021 Dodge Durango for $ 76,491. Edmunds also leased two 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited in December 2020.

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