DETROIT (AP) — The United Auto Workers union says it got $1.1 million for a lakefront house in northern Michigan that was being built for a former president who was sentenced to prison in a federal corruption probe.
Cabin 4 at a UAW conference center on Black Lake was being built for Dennis Williams, who who retired in 2018 and in May was sentenced to 21 months in prison in an embezzlement scandal. The property in rural Cheboygan County was originally listed at $1.3 million.READ MORE: MDOT Update: Ramp Closures On I-94, I-275 As Part Of Rebuilding I-275 Project
Union spokesman Brian Rothenberg said he would check to see if the union covered its costs with the sale, which closed Friday. Money will go to the union’s general fund, he said.
“This sale rights a wrong from the past, and I want each and every one of you to know that we continue to implement ethics reforms throughout the organization,” new President Ray Curry wrote in a note to members Tuesday.READ MORE: Shifting Ground Prompts Utility To Shut Down Gas Main In Southwest Detroit
The sale, announced in June of 2020, was delayed due to the pandemic, easement issues, and a federal affidavit that said the house, replete with a fireplace, wine cooler, and a hidden storage room, was “subject to forfeiture to the United States,” due to law violations.
Rothenberg said the Justice Department dropped its objections and only wanted to find out who was buying the home.MORE NEWS: Lawsuit Seeks $1M After Michigan Teacher Cuts Girl's Hair
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