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Former UAW official, GM board member charged in UAW investigation

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By Reuters

(Reuters) – Former United Auto Workers vice president Joseph Ashton was charged in U.S. District Court in Detroit Wednesday with conspiracy to commit money laundering and wire fraud, the latest person named in a wide-ranging corruption probe into the union.

Ashton, a former General Motors Co <GM.N> board member, allegedly conspired with other union officials to receive “hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks,” charging documents said.

GM did not immediately comment. On Sunday, UAW President Gary Jones, who has been linked to the ongoing corruption probe by U.S. federal officials, took a paid leave of absence.

(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)