A former United Auto Workers president pleaded guilty Wednesday to embezzlement of union funds and racketeering, marking the highest-profile conviction yet in the government’s yearslong investigation into labor corruption within the auto industry.

Gary Jones, who left the top post in November during contract talks with the Detroit auto makers, was accused earlier this year of conspiring with other UAW officials to embezzle more than $1 million to pay for private villas, expensive cigars, golf outings and other luxuries.

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