Democratic Power Broker Indicted

Federal prosecutors on Wednesday charged one of Philadelphia’s most powerful political bosses on dozens of counts, including theft, fraud and conspiracy charges, in another blow to one of the country’s few remaining big-city political machines.

In a 116-count indictment, prosecutors allege labor leader John Dougherty — known as Johnny Doc — and six associates systematically stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from the union he ran, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98.

“He used Local 98 as his personal bank account and as a means to obtain employment for himself, his family and his friends,” prosecutors wrote in the indictment.

Dougherty, prosecutors said, used union credit cards to shop for personal effects at Target and Lowe’s, buying everything from Noxema and Q-Tips to scented candles and a Christmas tree.

Read more at The Hill.

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