UAW official in Missouri charged in wide corruption probe

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UAW official in Missouri charged in wide corruption probeA Missouri-based official at the United Auto Workers was charged Thursday with corruption in an alleged scheme to embezzle union money and spend cash on premium booze, golf clubs, cigars and swanky stays in California. It’s another blow to the union’s reputation and comes just before national contracts with General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler expire at 11:59 p.m. Saturday. The 40-page criminal complaint against Vance Pearson is certain to raise more questions about UAW President Gary Jones, whose Detroit-area house was searched by agents on Aug. 28.