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'Simple greed': Ex-UAW leader Jones charged with corruption

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Prosecutors have charged the former president of the United Auto Workers with corruption. They allege that Gary Jones plotted with others at the union to embezzle more than $1 million to splurge on private villas, golf outings, boozy meals and horseback rides on beaches. He was charged Thursday in a document titled a criminal "information," which signals that a guilty plea is likely. 

Jones has been under scrutiny for months. He quit his post in November, after agents over the summer searched his suburban Detroit home. The court filing against Jones describes a scheme that started in 2010, before he rose to the presidency. His attorney declined comment Thursday.