The wife of a deceased union official of the United Auto Workers received an 18-month prison sentence on Friday as part of a federal investigation into corruption at a training center run by the union and auto maker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
Monica Morgan, 55, will also serve a year of supervised release and pay a $ 25,000 fine, a judge decided.
Morgan, a prominent photographer in the Detroit area, was married to General Holiefield, who was vice president of the UAW before his death in 2015. She pleaded guilty earlier this year to a tax crime.
Assistant US Attorney David Gardey said the plan allowed Morgan to participate in a "high-flying lifestyle" despite an annual declared income of approximately $ 5,400, Detroit Free Press reported.  "This was not a mistake," Gardey told the judge, Detroit News reported. "It was a cold and calculated effort to get money for her and her husband … to satisfy simple greed."
"This was not a mistake, it was a cold and calculated effort to get money for herself and her husband … to satisfy simple greed."
He pointed out that the Tax crimes were not offenses without victims.
"We are all victims of someone who commits tax fraud," he said.
According to Gardey, Morgan traveled first class, spent tens of thousands of dollars and helped channel $ 325,000 to a fake hospice, the newspaper reported. In addition, his photography business received about $ 80,000 through fake photography courses, according to the report.
She has paid approximately $ 102,000 in restitution and still owes $ 88,000, Free Press reported.
"This was a cold and calculating effort for her and her husband to use shell companies to hide bribe payments," Gardey said, according to Free Press. "She was someone who knew exactly what she was doing and decided to commit this crime"
"She was someone who knew exactly what she was doing and decided to commit this crime"
Former Fiat Chrysler labor negotiator Al Iacobelli admitted spending more than $ 1.5 million in cash and gifts on high-ranking UAW members, including Holiefield.
A $ 262,000 mortgage at the Holiefield home was paid for with money from the training center that came from Fiat Chrysler.
Morgan's defense attorney, Steven Fishman, had argued against a prison sentence, citing the defendant's community service acts. He cited dozens of letters sent to the court by Morgan supporters, Detroit News reported.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.