An FBI investigation into an alleged multi-million-dollar conspiracy between members of the United Auto Workers union and Fiat Chrysler employees has yielded a new potential target: retired UAW Associate Director Virdell King. Ms. King has hired a criminal defense attorney as she faces questions regarding personal expenses made using a credit account belonging to the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center, The Detroit News reports.
So far, the FBI probe has resulted in charges being filed against Monica Morgan-Holiefield, wife of the late UAW Vice President General Holiefield; Jerome Durden, former FCA financial analyst and controller of the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center from 2008 through 2015; and as we reported last week, former FCA labor chief Alphons Iacobelli.
The probe’s newest potential target, Virdell King, was part of the UAW-Chrysler bargaining team when the union renegotiated its contract with Fiat Chrysler in both 2011 and 2015, and was on the board at the Training Center for years alongside Iacobelli, according to The Detroit News. Neither the UAW nor King’s defense lawyer have commented on her possible implication in the multi-year conspiracy, in which it is alleged that higher-ups at the union and FCA spent $1.2 million of Training Center funds on themselves.
Alphons Iacobelli and Monica Morgan-Holiefield have both plead not guilty to the charges, Automotive News reported Tuesday.