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