Former UAW President Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison

Former United Auto Workers president Gary Jones has been sentenced to more than two years in prison after plotting to steal nearly $1.5 million in union dues.

Jones was sentenced to 28 months in prison by a U.S. District Judge in Detroit Thursday. Jones, 64, pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy last year. U.S. District Judge Paul Borman ordered Jones to surrender in 90 days and recommended a federal prison in Texas in order for Jones to be close to his wife who lives in Texas.

Prosecutors sought the punishment, which is below the federal sentencing guidelines of up to almost five years. Prosecutors cited Jones’ acceptance of responsiblity and cooperation in the investigation, but say the punishment should be enough to stop future corruption.

Jones spent UAW money on golf clubs, vacation homes, alcohol and meals.