Former union official pleads guilty in corruption probe

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A former labor leader pleaded guilty to corruption charges after having Fiat Chrysler pay for meals, golf and other perks.

Norwood Jewell was a vice president at the United Auto Workers and the highest-ranking labor official charged in the scheme. Jewell would use cash from a job training center that was financed exclusively by Fiat Chrysler, known as FCA.

The corruption occurred when the UAW and FCA were negotiating labor contracts, but Jewell insists it did not affect the 2015 contract talks.

Jewell told a judge that he “wasn’t perfect” and is the eighth person to plead guilty.

Former FCA executive Al Iacobelli is currently serving a five and a half year prison sentence.

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