Investigation reveals U.A.W. leaders spent $1 million in union money on cigars, dinners

by Jordyn Pair · Dec 26th, 2019 10:48 am

Last Updated Dec 26th, 2019 at 11:56 am

An investigation into the United Auto Workers union has revealed that union leaders expensed roughly $1 million of union money on cigars, golf outings, four-figure dinners, and villa rentals between 2014 and 2018.

The purchases were documented in a federal complaint filed in September.

Expenses include more than $60,000 in cigars and cigar paraphernalia, monthslong stays at villas that cost around $5,000 a month, and dinners costing thousands. One bill for a meal at LG's Prime Steakhouse clocked in at $6,500 and included a $1,760 charge for four bottles of Louis Roederer Cristal Champagne.

Union officials are also currently being investigated for improper use of millions of dollars from a joint Fiat Chrysler-U.A.W. training center.