DETROIT -- Retired UAW Associate Director Virdell King, one of the people accused of plotting to siphon more than $4.5 million from a union training center fund, pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court.
She is the second to plead guilty to misusing funds.
King, 65, had been accused of using a credit card from the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center here to buy more than $40,000 worth of clothing, jewelry, luggage and other personal items for herself and other senior UAW officials. She pleaded guilty to one felony count of conspiracy to violate the Labor Management Relations Act, The Detroit News reported.
As part of an agreement with prosecutors, King faces up to 16 months in prison and restitution payments of up to $15,000, the News reported. Before the deal, she faced a maximum of five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
Charged so far, in addition to King, are former Fiat Chrysler executive Alphons Iacobelli; former FCA financial analyst Jerome Durden; and Monica Morgan, the widow of UAW Vice President General Holiefield. Durden pleaded guilty as part of his own deal with prosecutors on Aug. 8.
Iacobelli and Morgan had not guilty pleas entered on their behalf and are scheduled to be tried in September. Federal authorities also are seeking to seize Iacobelli's and Morgan's homes, which were allegedly paid for or significantly improved with training center funds.
U.S. District Judge John Corbett O'Meara set King's sentencing hearing for Jan. 3.