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Two Former FCA Officials Sentenced to Prison

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November 8, 2018—Two figures in the ongoing Fiat Chrysler Automobiles/UAW training center scandal were each sentenced to a year in prison Wednesday, and a third received a 15-month sentence, reported Detroit Free Press.

U.S. District Court Judge Paul Borman sentenced Michael Brown, formerly of FCA, and ex-union official Keith Mickens each to one year and one day in prison, ordered $10,000 fines and a year of supervised release after their prison time, according to the report.

A key former FCA official, controller Jerome Durden, was sentenced later Wednesday morning to 15 months. He will have three years of supervised release and must pay restitution of more than $8,800 to the Internal Revenue Service.

Federal prosecutors said FCA and its executives gave millions of dollars to the UAW and union leaders to influence contract bargaining. In contrast, both the company and UAW insist the case was the work of bad actors rather than a reflection of their culture. FCA calls itself "a victim of illegal conduct by certain rogue individuals."

 

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