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Retired UAW vice president is the latest to plead guilty

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Posted at 6:10 PM, Dec 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-04 18:10:44-05

DETROIT, Mich. —(AP) A retired vice president at the United Auto Workers has pleaded guilty to corruption charges. Joe Ashton admits he received a $250,000 kickback after arranging a contract for 58,000 watches. Ashton led the union's General Motors department until July 2014 and also had a seat on the automaker's board. Ten people with ties to the UAW have been charged in the corruption investigation; eight have pleaded guilty, including the widow of a union vice president. Separately, three people who worked at Fiat Chrysler have been charged and convicted.