Philadelphia Union Leader, City Councilman Indicted in Public Corruption Scandal

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Philadelphia union leader John Dougherty and City Councilman Robert Henon were among eight people charged in a public corruption indictment returned Wednesday by a federal grand jury.

Dougherty, the business manager of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98, is accused of conspiring with fellow union members to embezzle union funds for personal uses. They then allegedly falsified financial documents to make the expenses appear union-related, federal authorities charged.

Additionally, Dougherty allegedly paid Henon a union salary in excess of $70,000 annually to use his position on council to serve Dougherty’s interests.

First Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced the charges at a press conference Wednesday morning. If convicted of all charges, Williams said the defendants face “decades” in prison. The sprawling indictment of 153 pages includes 116 counts, including 91 against Dougherty.

Dougherty and Henon have both long denied any wrongdoing.

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