Ex-Midwest UAW Boss Sentenced for Role in Conspiracy

On January 27, Edward “Nick” Robinson, former president of the Midwest Community Action Program (CAP) Council of the United Auto Workers, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan to one year in prison and one year of supervised release for his role in a conspiracy to embezzle about $1.5 million in union funds and avoid federal taxes based on that income. He also was ordered to pay a combined $342,000 to the UAW and the IRS. Robinson, along with several other union officials including now-convicted former International Presidents Gary Jones and Dennis Williams, submitted vouchers for nonexistent expenses and wrote fraudulent checks to divert funds from the council. He had pleaded in guilty in March 2020. The actions follow a joint investigation by the FBI, the IRS, and the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and Office of Inspector General.