Dougherty, Henon, 6 others charged with embezzlement, theft, wire fraud

Jennifer Arbittier Williams, first assistant U.S. Attorney, discusses the federal indictment at a press conference involving John Dougherty and Bobby Henon.
Photo credit Kristen Johanson/KYW Newsradio

UPDATED: 1 p.m.

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — City Councilman Bobby Henon and longtime electricians union IBEW Local 98 official John Dougherty (known as "Johnny Doc") have been indicted.

#BREAKING: unsealed indictment, charging Johnny Doc & councilman Bobby Henon, and other union officials. @KYWNewsradio

— Kristen Johanson (@KristenJohanson) January 30, 2019

The indictment, released Wednesday morning, charges Henon and Dougherty, as well as six other union officials — union President Brian Burrows; union Political Director Marita Crawford; union employees Michael Neill, Niko Rodriguez and Brian Fiocca; and local business owner Anthony Massa — with embezzlement, theft, wire fraud and other public corruption offenses. 

Press conference on indictment of John Dougherty and Bobby Henon about to start

— Kristen Johanson (@KristenJohanson) January 30, 2019

Collectively, the defendants are accused of embezzling $600,481 from Local 98, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. In total, federal prosecutors announced 116 charges against the union officials.

According to the indictment, Dougherty used his control as business manager of Local 98 "to repeatedly and persistently steal from Local 98 and put his own self-interests over that of the membership of the union."

He used Local 98 as his personal bank account, utilizing three Local 98 credit cards in his name to purchase groceries, household goods, and meals, as well as a way to pay contractors who worked on his home and other personal properties, including a tavern pub that he owned. He also used the account to divert union funds to others for personal use.

Prosecutors say Henon accepted a salary from the union for certain services, as did Dougherty. Henon used his position to threaten others, because Dougherty told him to, officials say.

U.S. Attorney Bill McSwain has been recused from the investigation to prevent conflict, said First Assistant Attorney Jennifer Williams.