A former executive with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Jerome Durden, pleaded guilty Tuesday to two charges relating to the ongoing investigation into fraud at the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center.
Mr. Durden (61), who was the controller of the National Training Center from 2009 to 2015, is accused of helping direct millions of dollars in funds and other resources from the center to fellow Fiat Chrysler and United Auto Workers execs. Charges have also been brought against former FCA labor chief Alphons Iacobelli, and Monica Morgan-Holiefield, wife of the late UAW Vice President General Holiefield.
As we reported last week, Virdell King – a retired UAW Associate Director – is also a target of the fraud investigation. She was the first Black female in UAW-Chrysler history to be elected president of a local union, according to the Detroit Free Press.
“Mr. Durden’s criminal conduct was part of a broader pattern of dishonesty and collusion among those implicated in this investigation,” says FBI – Detroit Division agent David Gelios. “Top-level executives at FCA and the UAW chose to misappropriate over a million dollars directly from the NTC at the expense of the FCA workforce. The FBI and its federal partners will remain vigilant in exposing and prosecuting anyone, regardless of their position within an organization, who violates federal laws.”
Jerome Durden plead guilty to conspiracy to defraud the US by obstructing investigation by the IRS, and to filing false tax returns for five consecutive years, failing to disclose gifts paid out to Iacobelli, Holiefield, and others. He faces up to $275k in fines and a max of 60 months in prison.
(Source: Detroit Free Press)