NEW YORK (NEWSnet/AP) — United Auto Workers president Shawn Fain is under investigation by a court-appointed watchdog who has been reviewing the union in the aftermath of a bribery and embezzlement scandal several years ago.

The monitor, Neil Barofsky, disclosed that he was investigating Fain — as well as other senior UAW officials — in his ninth report to Judge David M. Lawson on Monday.

Barofsky also accused the union of a “recent lapse” in cooperation with his monitor duties, which he says began to erode earlier this year after his investigations into these individuals began.

The report, which was filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan’s Southern Division, outlines some clashes seen on UAW’s International Executive Board over recent months — particularly between Fain and secretary-treasurer Margaret Mock.

More recently, the report notes, the monitor expanded the investigation to include additional allegations of retaliation by Fain against one of the union’s vice presidents — and in an unrelated incident, the monitor also began investigating a regional director after receiving allegations of potential embezzlement.

“At this stage, it is important to emphasize that the allegations are just allegations,” Barofsky alleges, noting that Monday’s report should not be construed as reaching any conclusions about possible charges.

Still, he later added, having the resources necessary to complete his investigations is critical.

In a UAW statement sent to The Associated Press on behalf of Fain, the president said “taking our union in a new direction means sometimes you have to rock the boat, and that upsets some people who want to keep the status quo, but our membership expects better and deserves better than the old business as usual.”

“We encourage the Monitor to investigate whatever claims are brought to their office, because we know what they’ll find: a UAW leadership committed to serving the membership, and running a democratic union,” he added.

Fain has been UAW’s president since spring of 2023.

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