Trial set for two defendants in FCA-UAW case
A Sept. 25 trial date has been set for a former Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV executive and the wife of a former UAW vice president charged as part of a multi-year, multi-million dollar enrichment scheme that allegedly involved pocketing worker training funds to pay for a new Ferrari, airline tickets and paying off a $262,000 mortgage.
Alphons Iacobelli, 57, of Rochester Hills and Monica Morgan-Holiefield, 54, of Harrison Township are scheduled to appear for a jury trial Sept. 25 before U.S. District Court Judge John Corbett O’Meara in Ann Arbor.
Iacobelli was arraigned Tuesday in federal court in Detroit and a magistrate judge issued a not guilty plea on his behalf. Morgan-Holiefield was arraigned the day before and the magistrate judge also issued a not guilty plea on her behalf. Both are out on bond.
The indictment unsealed last week claims more than $1 million in UAW-Chrysler National Training Center funds intended to be used to train blue-collar workers was spent instead by certain Fiat Chrysler and UAW leaders on personal luxuries.
Also charged in the indictment released last week is Jerome Durden, a former Fiat Chrysler financial analyst and controller of the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center. Durden, 61, of Rochester is charged with conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and failure to file a tax return. He is scheduled to appear in federal court in Detroit on Friday for his arraignment. Durden also has a plea hearing scheduled Tuesday in Ann Arbor.
Iacobelli and Morgan-Holiefield are charged with criminal violations of the Labor Management Relations Act, which prohibits employers or those working for them from paying, lending or delivering money or other valuables to officers or employees of labor organizations — and from labor leaders from accepting such items.
Iacobelli also is charged with tax violations