(WKBN) – The United Automobile Workers’ president is on a leave of absence during an ongoing corruption probe.
The UAW announced President Gary Jones requested the leave, following a vote of the Executive Board. It will be effective Sunday, and Vice President Rory Gamble will serve as acting president in his absence.
“The UAW is fighting tooth and nail to ensure our members have a brighter future. I do not want anything to distract from the mission. I want to do what’s best for the members of this great union,” Jones said.
According to the Detroit News, Jones is said to be one of the unnamed union leaders in a federal case against a high-ranking UAW official who is accused of embezzlement and fraud.
Prosecutors say several top union officials conspired to steal more than $1.5 million from the union.
Edward Robinson, the president of a UAW council in Missouri, was named in the case.
In August, FBI and IRS agents raided Jones’ home as part of their investigation.