Fiat Chrylser Automobilis (FCA) was fined $ 30 million in the United States for bribing trade unionists with bribes paid between 2009 and 2016. The Italian-American car company – which at the beginning of 2021 merged with the French PSA giving birth to Stellantis – he admitted his guilt and entered into a bargain.
FCA agreed on the fine last January with the federal prosecutor’s office and yesterday, Wednesday, August 18, a federal judge accepted the agreement. The 30 million euros will go to the general fund of the United States Treasury and must be paid within a month.
Furthermore, for the next three years the company will be supervised by an independent guarantor on compliance with labor laws. The guarantor will also have to verify the dissolution of the Detroit National Training Center (NTC), a training center through which personal benefits had been conveyed to some trade unionists.
The corruption investigation, which began in 2017, led to the conviction of 15 people, including three former FCA executives who illegally liquidated over $ 3.5 million in the form of benefits to representatives of the Uaw (United auto workers) union. .
In particular, among other things, a $ 262,000 mortgage was paid to the former Uaw Vice President General, a $ 25,000 party to another union leader and trips to California for $ 30,000 to some officials. All this to ensure FCA benefits in negotiations with the company.
At the time of the events, the managing director of FCA was Sergio Marchionne: in July 2016 the Italian-Canadian manager – who later died – was questioned and denied any involvement, stating that the company had been “a victim of illegal conduct by of some rogue individuals “.
“The nature and circumstances of this crime are very serious,” said Judge Paul Borman, who issued the sentence yesterday. Erin Shaw, of the Attorney’s Office, instead defined FCA’s conduct as one of the greatest, if not the largest, violation of the Labor Management Relations Act. level and it is abundantly clear that there was a problem with the culture of this company in the past years ”, he added Shaw.
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