Philadelphia councilman, union leader charged in massive corruption indictment

Fox News | 1/31/2019 | Brooke Singman
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A Philadelphia city councilman, a union leader and six others were charged Wednesday in a massive 116-count indictment that alleged embezzlement, wire fraud and bribery among numerous other public corruption offenses.

First Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced Wednesday that Democratic Councilman Robert Henon, John Dougherty (head of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98) and other union employees were charged by the grand jury for allegedly using union funds for personal and other unauthorized expenses.

Dougherty - American - Express - Cards - Name

Dougherty allegedly had three Local 98 American Express cards in his name and permitted others to use them to make personal purchases including groceries, household goods and restaurant meals.

According to the indictment, Henon also received a salary and other things of value from Dougherty and, in exchange, Henon used his position as a member of the City Council to serve Dougherty’s interests. According to the indictment, the two "attempted to hide the true nature of their illegal relationship from the public."

Example - Dougherty - Henon - Tickets - Events

In 2015 and 2016, for example, Dougherty allegedly gave Henon tickets to sporting events with a value of approximately $11,807 -- paid for by Local 98.

Henon allegedly used his role as councilman to implement and propose legislation that would benefit Dougherty.

Union - Leaders - Officials - Duties - Society

“Union leaders and public officials have similar duties in our society,” Williams said in a statement Wednesday. “Whether it is a fiduciary duty to the union’s membership to spend union funds on union business, or a public official’s duty to provide honest services to his constituents, leaders in these kinds of roles must act in the best interests of others. They cannot use their public positions and influence to enrich themselves. If they do, it is a violation of their duties and of federal law.”

Dougherty, 58, was charged with one count of conspiracy to embezzle from a labor union and employee benefit plan; 34...
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