Brrr. If you think it’s cold this morning, just wait until tomorrow when temperatures tumble into the single digits. We do have a chance of seeing snow today, though, so bundle up. One thing that’s heating up today: the FBI probe with Johnny Doc, the all-powerful labor leader, at its center. Officials are expected to announce today that he has been indicted by a federal grand jury. We’ve got the details on the investigation so far and where it’s headed next.
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Federal authorities will announce criminal charges today against powerful labor leader John J. Dougherty, Philadelphia City Councilman Bobby Henon, and at least three other officers of their union, Local 98 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, according to two sources familiar with the investigation.
The specific charges and the total number of people facing prosecution, the results of a years-long FBI probe, are unclear. Both Dougherty (known as “Johnny Doc”) and Henon have repeatedly denied wrongdoing.
Who is Johnny Doc?
Johnny Doc is the most powerful man in Philadelphia politics who has never won an election. He’s led the Local 98 for a quarter-century and in that time has amassed influence across the city.
What’s happened so far?
The FBI probe began in 2016 with a raid on more than a dozen union sites as well as homes and offices of key Local 98 officials and allies. It focuses on how the union has exerted its considerable clout with Dougherty at its center.
On Monday, a New Jersey electrical contractor and a childhood friend of Dougherty’s became the first person to plead guilty in the probe.
On Tuesday, Dougherty’s chiropractor, a South Philadelphia neighborhood activist, was charged with stealing from a nonprofit he founded as well as from Local 98’s charitable arm.
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