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DETROIT, MI-JUNE 14: Gary Jones, the newly-elected President of the United Auto Workers (UAW), addresses the 37th UAW Constitutional Convention June14, 2018 at Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan. Jones was formerly the Director of UAW Region 5. The outgoing President is Dennis Williams, who served one term and was elected in 2014. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

DETROIT — United Auto Workers President Gary Jones is taking a paid leave of absence amid a federal investigation of corruption in the union.

The UAW said Jones requested the leave, which is effective Sunday.

The federal government has been investigating fraud and misuse of funds at the UAW for more than two years.

Jones has not been charged. But in a court filing last week, federal prosecutors alleged that seven top UAW officials conspired since 2010 to embezzle funds through schemes such as submitting false vouchers for conference expenses.

In a statement, Jones said he is stepping aside so the union can focus on negotiating better contracts for its workers.

UAW Vice President Rory Gamble will serve as acting president. He recently negotiated the union’s tentative agreement with Ford Motor Co.

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