Ex-UAW leader gets nearly 2 years in prison for corruption

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FILE – In a Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, file photo, then-United Auto Workers president Dennis Williams speaks during a roundtable with reporters in Detroit. Prosecutors are seeking a two-year prison sentence for Williams, a former president of the United Auto Workers who they say had “two lives” — as a leader of a blue-collar union and a connoisseur of premium champagne and California vacation villas paid for with members’ dues the U.S. attorney’s office said in a court filing Monday, May 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

DETROIT (AP) — The former president of the United Auto Workers has been sentenced to 21 months in prison for corruption.

Dennis Williams took winter vacations in California covered by dues paid by members of the UAW. Williams led the union from 2014 to 2018.

He’s the latest in a long line of union officials who acknowledge betraying members through corruption.

Williams pleaded guilty to an embezzlement scheme that turned union dues into a pot of cash for golf, lodging and fancy meals.

The government says Williams “has cast a stain” on the UAW. Eleven union officials and a late official’s spouse have pleaded guilty since 2017, although not all the crimes were connected.

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