Former United Auto Workers Vice President Joseph Ashton on Tuesday was sentenced to 30 months in prison for accepting kickbacks as part of a wide-ranging federal corruption probe into the union.
Ashton, a former General Motors Co board member, pleaded guilty in December 2019 to conspiring with other union officials to receive “hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks,” according to documents filed in U.S. district court in Detroit.
Ashton had faced prison time of 30 to 37 months under a plea agreement, but his attorney asked U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman for house arrest and a substantial fine instead.
Friedman said on a webcast of the hearing that there were too many victims and a message had to be sent.
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