March 18, 2019 / 2:47 PM / 3 months ago

U.S. prosecutors charge former UAW vice president in corruption probe

WASHINGTON, March 18 (Reuters) - Federal prosecutors in Detroit on Monday charged a former United Auto Workers vice president with conspiracy to violate labor laws.

Norwood Jewell, who headed the Fiat Chrysler department at the union, was charged in a criminal information. He is the highest ranking former UAW official charged in the wide-ranging investigation into illegal payoffs to UAW officials. To date, seven people have been sentenced in the government’s ongoing criminal investigation.

A lawyer for Jewell, the UAW and Fiat Chrysler did not immediately comment. (Reporting by David Shepardson)

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