Gary Jones, the former president of the United Auto Workers union, pleaded guilty to conspiring with other high-level UAW officials to embezzle more than $1 million in dues money, among other charges.
Jones faces 46 to 57 months in prison under the plea agreement submitted Wednesday, which also includes charges of racketeering activity and tax evasion.
He's the highest-ranking official caught up in a scandal that began in 2019, following a wide-ranging federal probe into alleged corruption involving the union and at least one of the nation's unionized automakers: Fiat Chrysler.
In April 2019, UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell pleaded guilty to accepting, arranging and approving illegal payments from Fiat Chrysler executives to union higher-ups. A total of 14 UAW and Chrysler officials have pleaded guilty or received convictions.
Jones served as UAW president from June 2018 until he was forced to resign in November 2019 given the growing scandal. He left his post a week after the union concluded a costly 6-week strike against General Motors.
In his plea Wednesday, he admitted he and other senior UAW officials improperly used union funds to pay for personal expenses including golf clubs, private villas, cigars, golfing apparel, green fees at golf courses, and high-end liquor and meals costing over $750,000.