The plea also alleges that UAW funds were used to pay for private villas to friends of UAW Official D, identified by the media as Amy Loasching, an employee of Williams. Pearson was also responsible for delivering spirits and cigars for Williams and his wife. Pearson – one of more than a dozen union leaders charged in the corruption investigation – is found guilty today in a plea. He is accused of having spent union allowances on short-term holidays and golf trips. In November, he resigned. UAW funds also paid for private villas for friends and “UAW Official D,” who identified sources such as Williams assistant Amy Loasching. The plea agreement also describes the benefits williams` spouse received with UAW funds. Pearson, 58, of Saint Charles, Missouri, pleaded guilty six months after he emerged as a target of corruption investigations within the UAW. Another spokesman quoted Pearson as telling Edward Robinson, another of Jones` lieutenants, that he would have a “burner phone” so they could speak freely without the risk of listening. Robinson will face court on February 18 and plead guilty. In a March 2019 conversation, cited in Robinson`s indictment and probably acquired by a wiretap protocol, “UAW Official A” (Jones) Robinson stated that he had “burned the recordings” related to the embezzlement system. Investigators are investigating the possibility of arson in a fire that broke out in July of the same year at Solidarnosc House, the union`s headquarters. As part of his plea, Pearson agreed to withhold 81,000 $US from his Flower Fund, which was to be used to purchase flowers for the funerals of UAW members and their families.
In fact, UAW officials used the money for personal use, while members were forced to contribute to the fund, as the court records show. The plea agreement also shows that Mr. Williams, another former U.S. President. A.W., played a more active role in the system than was previously disclosed and explained that he was inciting Mr. Pearson and Mr. Jones to use union funds for expenses paid to him and other public servants. The union issued the following statement on Pearson`s guilty plea: for example, in November 2016, when Mr.
Pearson ordered cigars and cigar paraphernes worth more than $13,000, the purchase took place “largely” at the request of Mr. Pearson.