Former United Auto Workers president Dennis Williams pleads guilty to embezzling union funds

Former United Auto Workers president Dennis Williams has pleaded guilty Wednesday to embezzling union funds.

“I want to close by apologizing to this court, to my family and to each and every hard-working member paying dues,” Williams said before he officially entering his plea. “I hope by accepting responsibility for my actions and for my failures, this process might help restore the faith in our union.”

Williams guilty plea comes nearly four months after his successor, Gary Jones, plead guilty in June to a more-than $1 million scheme to steal money from union workers.

He is the fifteenth person to plead guilty after being charged with conspiracy to embezzle union funds in August as part of an ongoing corruption probe by the Department of Justice. The felony is punishable by up to five years in federal prison

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Former UAW President Dennis Williams pleads guilty to embezzling funds

Sept. 30 (UPI) — Dennis Williams, the former president of the United Auto Workers, pleaded guilty Wednesday to embezzling funds from the union.

Williams, 67, of Corona, Calif., pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to embezzle union funds, after resigning his membership on Sept. 18.

The plea comes after Williams’ successor, Gary Jones, pleaded guilty in June to embezzling more than $1.5 million in union funds along with two co-conspirators.

Williams said he suspected Jones was improperly using union funds to pay for golf trips, meals and rental stays for conferences but “deliberately looked away” after Jones twice told him “everything was above board.”

“I made a deliberate and conscious decision not to press the matter, even though I strongly suspected that if I looked into how Gary Jones was funding those expenses, I would find union funds were being misused,” he said.

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TODAY in COURT: Suspect in Rio Dell Murder Turns Down Plea Bargain; Woman Accused of Driving Into Crowd of McK Protesters Pleads Not Guilty | Lost Coast Outpost

suspect Demetrius Coleman has turned down a plea bargain that would
have given him a chance for parole if he is convicted and sent to
state prison.
morning Deputy District Attorney Carolyn Schaffer, the trial
prosecutor, told Judge Christopher Wilson that Coleman was offered a
deal to plead guilty to first-degree murder and a firearms charge,
with the sentencing judge deciding what the term should be for the
weapons violation.

defendant has rejected that offer,” Schaffer said, “knowing that
he is facing life without possibility of parole if he is convicted as


it stands Coleman is charged with murder with the special
circumstance of firing a gun from a vehicle. If convicted, he would
be sentenced to life without parole. His trial is scheduled to begin
Oct. 5 and last one month.

Wilson questioned Coleman, who appeared on videocamera

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Adam Haddad, 43-year-old Shrewsbury man who owned auto body shops in Worcester and Everett, pleads guilty to tax fraud

A 43-year-old man from Shrewsbury, who owned auto body shops in Everett and Worcester, pleaded guilty Monday to a payroll tax scheme resulting in losses to the IRS of more than $290,000, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Adam Haddad pleaded guilty to three counts of aiding the preparation of false tax returns in U.S. District Court in Boston on Monday. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 13, 2021.

Haddad was charged in August for filing false returns with the IRS after he paid his employees “under the table,” authorities said.

From March 2015 through June 2017, authorities said Haddad paid significant portions of wages to his employees at Accurate Collision, Inc. without reporting it. The underreported wages caused a loss to the IRS of at least $292,231, authorities said.

Last April, Haddad was indicted on 18 counts of motor vehicle insurance fraud, 15 counts of larceny by false pretenses over

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Fayetteville car dealer pleads guilty to providing alcohol to 15-year-old boy; sexual misconduct charge dismissed ::

— In a plea bargain that allowed him to avoid a conviction as a sex offender, Mike Lallier of Fayetteville’s Reed-Lallier Chevrolet car dealership was convicted Friday of contributing to the delinquency of a minor for giving alcohol to a 15-year-old Fayetteville boy four years ago.

The boy, who is now 19, and his family are unhappy with the outcome, said their lawyer.

Mike Lallier

“He is disappointed that Mike Lallier will not have to register as a sex offender because he’s hoped that any plea agreement would force Lallier to register so that another young boy would not have to go down the same path that he went down,” said the family’s lawyer, Michael Porter.

Lallier had been charged in September 2016 with third-degree criminal sexual conduct, a felony, in Darlington County. The conduct was alleged to have occurred in a recreational vehicle

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