A new entity has been implicated in the FBI’s ongoing investigation of conspiracy among members of the United Auto Workers union and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, with federal prosecutors seizing $292,000 from an allegedly fake hospice that was involved in laundering money for the Holiefields. In a complaint filed eight weeks after a grand jury indicted former FCA executive Alphons Iacobelli and Monica Morgan-Holiefield, widow of late UAW Vice President General Holiefield, prosecutors claim that Hospice of Metropolitan Detroit accepted money from UAW-Chrysler through a non-profit, and routed it to Morgan-Holiefield.
Ms. Morgan-Holiefield’s trial is scheduled for September 25th.
Federal investigators are still working to untangle a multi-year conspiracy which saw higher-ups at both Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and the UAW accepting funds and gifts paid for by siphoning funds away from the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center. Beside the hospice, money was also allegedly laundered through General Holiefield’s non-profit Leave The Light On Foundation Inc., which was established ostensibly to “help children who are struggling with hardships,” according to the filing.
Former FCA Financial Analyst Jerome Durden, who struck a plea deal with prosecutors in relation to the conspiracy, was the non-profit’s treasurer.
Prosecutors questioned former hospice board member Tesfaye Kebede, who resigned in 2016, and claimed that Hospice of Metropolitan Detroit never did any actual hospice-related work. He says he was unaware of the sum of $325,000 the hospice received from Leave The Light On Foundation in 2014.
(Source: The Detroit News)