FBI raids Philadelphia properties linked to powerful labor boss

On Friday representatives browsed homes related to Johnny Doc Dougherty, who has actually long been an effective political force in the city, however did not divulge why

The FBI spread throughout Philadelphia on Friday, browsing numerous homes connected to an effective labor manager and the municipal government workplace of his protege on the city board.

An FBI spokesperson validated that representatives were browsing the south Philadelphia house of Johnny Doc Dougherty, a neighboring union bar called Docs Union Pub, the electrical contractors union head office and councilman Bobby Henons workplace.

FBI spokesperson Carrie Adamowski stated she might not divulge the nature of the continuous examination, which likewise appeared to include state cops.

Dougherty, 56, runs the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 98 and has actually long been an effective political force in the city, most just recently assisting Jim Kenney win the mayoral election in 2014. Henon is a veteran union authorities who signed up with the council in 2012.

Dougherty stood outside his south Philadelphia house on Friday, talking with next-door neighbors, providing and shaking hands with his legal representative as representatives filled boxes of proof into an automobile.

Nothings altered because they existed 10 or 12 years earlier. The only thing various is the tomato bushes in the back, Dougherty stated.

Later, at the IBEW head office, representatives packed lots of cardboard boxes and computer system disk drives into a big yellow moving truck. Doughertys legal representative decreased to comment. Calls to Henons workplace and union head office sounded unanswered.

Dougherty has actually led the electrical contractors union because 1993. He likewise took control of in 2014 as head of the 40,000-worker Philadelphia Building and Construction Trades Council, an umbrella group of the citys significant trade unions.

A years earlier, the FBI examined him in an obvious tax scams case. Files later on unsealed in court recommended the examination included remodellings to his house that were not reported as earnings. Last fall, he supposedly scuffled with a non-union electrical expert outside a building website. The accuser stated Dougherty broke his nose. No charges have actually been submitted.

Dougherty is probably the most effective non-elected authorities in Philadelphia, utilizing the unions cash and electoral sway to assist prospects win legal, executive and judicial workplaces in Philadelphia and Harrisburg. His bro, veteran household court judge Kevin Dougherty, was chosen in 2014 to the state supreme court.

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