GM parts with former labor exec charged in training fund probe


Alphons Iacobelli, a former labor relations executive facing several criminal charges for the alleged misuse of funds to retrain workers, is no longer employed by General Motors.
A GM spokesman confirmed Iacobelli’s employment status but the company declined to comment on the details and timing of the separation.
David F. DuMouchel, an attorney for Iacobelli, also declined to comment on his client’s employment status.
A source familiar with the matter said Iacobelli has not been employed by GM for “several months.” 
GM suspended Iacobelli in July after federal officials charged him for his lead role in a multiyear, multimillion-dollar criminal conspiracy while leading labor relations and negotiations at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
GM hired Iacobelli as executive director of labor relations in January 2016 — seven months after he abruptly left FCA in June 2015.
Iacobelli is one of four people charged in connection with the case. The others include Virdell King, a retired UAW associate director; Jerome Durden, a former FCA financial analyst; and Monica Morgan, a widow of UAW Vice President General Holiefield.
Durden and King have entered plea deals with prosecutors.
Federal officials allege those charged and others of siphoning or misusing about $4.5 million in funds earmarked for employee training.
The investigation initially focused on funds at FCA’s UAW-Chrysler National Training Center, a training site operated jointly by the union and FCA, and has since expanded to other operations.
GM and Ford Motor Co. said in November they were cooperating with federal investigators who have subpoenaed information about jointly operated training centers with the UAW, which are funded by the automakers and overseen by joint committees.
Fuente: Auto News