Two Fiat Chrysler officials and a United Auto Workers official received prison sentences of at least one year in an embezzlement scheme. Former UAW Assistant Director Keith Mickens received a sentence of one year and one day for conspiracy to violate the Labor Management Relations Act. Prosecutors argued that Mickens “enjoyed lavish and obscene entertainment” as a union official and clearly abused trust in his involvement in the conspiracy. Meanwhile, former FCA financial analyst Jerome Durden was sentenced to 15 months for conspiracy to defraud the United States and failure to file a tax return, and former FCA Director of Employee Relations Michael Brown was sentenced to one year and one day for misprision of a felony, knowingly allowing a crime to continue without reporting it to authorities.
A former UAW official, Virdell King, was sentenced to 60 days in prison for accepting thousands of dollars in illegal payments from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and facilitating illegal payments to other union officials. King worked as a UAW member for 42 years and was the first black woman to serve as the president of a UAW/Fiat Chrysler local. She pleaded guilty in August 2017 to conspiracy to violate the Labor Management Relations Act.