Former UAW Vice President Joe Ashton speaks throughout a GM announcement at a plant in Spring Hill, Tenn. in 2011.
DETROIT – Former General Motors board member Joe Ashton, a retired United Auto Staff chief, pleaded responsible on Wednesday to prison prices as a part of an ongoing federal corruption probe into the union.
The responsible plea was a part of a cope with U.S. prosecutors that features Ashton forfeiting $250,000 that he admitted to illegally receiving in bribes and kickbacks from a vendor of the union.
Ashton, who resigned from the GM board in December 2017 after being linked to the corruption, pleaded responsible to prices of fraud and cash laundering conspiracies. Cash laundering is punishable by as much as 10 years in jail, whereas the fraud cost may very well be as much as 20 years. Nevertheless, federal prosecutors recommended his sentence be between 30 and 37 months as a part of the plea deal.
Ashton, 71, is one among 13 individuals charged as a part of the federal corruption probe, together with 10 officers…