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South Lyon man sentenced in UAW corruption probe

A South Lyon man has been sentenced for his part in a UAW embezzlement scheme.

54-year-old Timothy Edmunds, the former Financial Secretary-Treasurer of Local 412 of the United Auto Workers union, pleaded guilty in March to embezzling $2.2 million in union funds and to money laundering. On Tuesday, he was sentenced to 57 months in prison.

Authorities say that between 2011 and 2021, Edmunds “systematically drained” the Local 412 accounts of $2.2 million by using debit cards for over $142,000 in personal purchases, cashing checks worth $170,000 into accounts he personally controlled, and transferring $1.5 million into accounts that he personally controlled.

Edmunds is said to have used the money to “gamble extensively, to purchase firearms, and to purchase various high-end vehicles. For example, between 2018 and 2020, Edmunds used the UAW Local 412 debit card to make over $30,000 in unauthorized withdrawals at the Greektown Casino. While gambling at the Greektown Casino, records indicate that Edmunds had cash buy-ins of over $1 million, and he put over $16 million in play while gambling at the casino.”

To conceal his theft from other UAW officers and the Local 412 members, officials say Edmunds created false bank statements and caused false reports to be filed with the U.S. Department of Labor. Edmunds then reportedly supplied the fake bank statements to international UAW auditors in an effort to conceal his embezzlement.

District Judge Sean Cox also ordered Edmunds to pay $1,963,740.29 in restitution to UAW Local 412 and a fine of $1 million.      

Edmunds is the seventeenth defendant convicted in connection with the ongoing criminal investigation into corruption within the UAW or relating to illegal payoffs to UAW officials by FCA executives.

“Mr. Edmunds betrayed his union brothers and sisters by stealing their dues money to satisfy his own greed,” said United States Attorney Dawn N. Ison.  “Today’s sentence demonstrates our continuing dedication to cleaning out corruption in the UAW.” 

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