DETROIT — Edward Robinson, a top aide to former UAW President Gary Jones, pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to conspiring to embezzle more than $1 million in union funds and conspiring to defraud the U.S.
Robinson, who was charged in October, agreed to cooperate in the federal government’s investigation, which also targets Jones and his predecessor, Dennis Williams. Coupled with the cooperation of former UAW Regional Director Vance Pearson secured last month, the Robinson plea indicates prosecutors could be closing in on the two former union leaders, although neither has been charged with a crime.
Robinson, 72, will be back in court on June 30 for sentencing. He faces up to five years in prison, although as part of the plea agreement prosecutors recommened his sentence be between 30-37 months. It could be further reduced if he provides significant help in their ongoing probe.
He also has been ordered to pay up to $42,000 in restitution to the Internal Revenue…