“Pearson, a Saint Charles, Missouri, resident, served on the board of directors overseeing Jones’ charity and succeeded Jones as director of the region. Pearson, arrested Thursday, is the 10th person charged in a widening corruption investigation of the UAW.
The criminal case focuses on lavish spending by UAW officials during conferences in Missouri and California and provides the most detailed government account of alleged misspending in Palm Springs, including $120,000 for cigars, steak dinners and drinks, and 107 rounds of golf. The News exclusively reported the government’s interest in Palm Springs in September 2018.
From 2014 to 2018, a period that covers Jones’ tenure leading UAW Region 5, Pearson and other leaders submitted phony expense forms seeking reimbursement from UAW headquarters, prosecutors said in an affidavit. The phony expenses were supposedly tied to UAW Region 5 leadership and training conferences.
Region 5, which covers 17 states stretching from Missouri to California, was headed by Jones until he was elected UAW president last year. Pearson and other unnamed UAW leaders used the conferences to conceal the use of hundreds of thousands of dollars of union member dues to pay for entertainment and personal expenses, according to the affidavit.
Federal investigators searched Pearson’s home and office Aug. 28 during a series of nationwide raids in four states. A team of federal agents from the FBI, Internal Revenue Service and Labor Department also searched Jones’ home in Canton Township, the California home of former UAW President Dennis Williams and the home of former Williams aide Amy Loasching in Wisconsin.” – Detroit News
St. Louis UAW official accused of $1 million conspiracy
One of the senior United Auto Worker (UAW) officers from St. Louis on the team negotiating a new contract with General Motors is now accused of conspiracy.