UPDATE: Three More Officials Sentenced in FCA-UAW Fraud

November 07, 2018 at 5:52 PM

A U.S. district judge in Detroit has sentenced three more executives to prison for their roles in a conspiracy to divert funds from a worker training center co-operated by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and the United Auto Workers union.

Jerome Durden, an FCA financial analyst who controlled the center’s finances, received a 15-month prison term. He was found defrauding the U.S. by filing false tax returns, diverting funds and concealing the conspiracy.

Michael Brown, FCA’s former director of employee relations between 2009 and 2016, was sentenced to prison for one year for covering up the wrong-doing.

Keith Mickens, a former UAW executive, also was sentenced to 12 months in prison. He admits helping transfer more than $700,000 from FCA to the late General Holifield, a former UAW vice president.

All three men have been cooperating with prosecutors over the past three years to identify and convict others who were involved in the scandal. The new sentencings bring to five the number of defendants sentenced to date. The U.S. Dept. of Justice hints that further rulings are imminent.