Breaking down the case:

U.S. v. John Dougherty, et al.

Labor leader John Dougherty, City Councilman Bobby Henon, and six others were charged Wednesday morning in a sprawling 116-count federal indictment that alleged misdeeds ranging from embezzlement to bribery to theft. Here is a look at those indicted.

public corruption
Bribery and misuse of public office
misuse of funds
Fraudulent use of union funds for personal expenses and property renovations
false statements
Lying to investigators and on federal income tax returns
John Dougherty   
Bobby Henon   
Brian Burrows   
Michael Neill   
Marita Crawford   
Niko Rodriguez   
Brian Fiocca   
Anthony Massa   


Public corruption
Misuse of funds
False statements
John Dougherty
Business Manager of Local 98 (1993-present)

John “Johnny Doc” Dougherty has led Local 98 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Philadelphia since 1993. In the role, he has amassed enormous political influence by directing his union’s resources to help elect a variety of public officials, including Mayor Jim Kenney, City Councilman Bobby Henon, and his own brother, state Supreme Court Justice Kevin Dougherty.

Dougherty faces a slew of charges stemming from the alleged influencing of a City Council member on the union’s payroll, as well as the alleged rampant misuse of the union’s funds for the personal use of himself, his family, and his friends.

Bobby Henon
Philadelphia City Council member, District 6; Chair, Committee on Public Property and Public Works (2011-present)

Bobby Henon was the Local 98 political director from 1999 until his election to the Philadelphia City  Council in 2011. He remained on the union payroll while on Council, which prosecutors say amounted to a bribe.

Authorities accuse Henon of using his office to settle petty feuds, threaten rivals, and delay planned legislation at Dougherty’s behest.

Brian Burrows
President of Local 98 (2008-present)

Brian Burrows became Local 98’s president in 2008. Burrows’ Mount Laurel home was targeted in the FBI’s raids in 2016. According to the indictment, he pulled $1,069,194 in salary from the union from 2010 to 2016.

His charges include billing the union for work done on property owned by himself and friends of Dougherty. Among the work he charged to the union was a $40,000 renovation of his master bathroom. He claimed that the money went to cover work on a Local 98 facility.

Michael Neill
Training Director of Local 98’s Apprentice Training Fund

Michael Neill, a partner in Doc’s Union Pub, is charged with billing the union for work on property owned by himself, Dougherty and others.

According to the indictment, he was paid a total salary of $1,189,673 by the Apprentice Training Fund from 2010 to 2016.

Marita Crawford
Political Director, Local 98 (2011-present)

Marita Crawford succeeded Bobby Henon as Local 98’s political director when Henon joined City Council.

She’s charged with spending Local 98 funds for her and Dougherty’s personal use.

She was paid $738,381 by Local 98 as salary from 2011 to 2016.

Niko Rodriguez
Employee, Local 98 Apprentice Training Fund (2011-April 2016)

Local 98 staffer Niko Rodriguez was present at a January 2016 brawl between Dougherty and a nonunion contractor in South Philadelphia.

According to the indictment, Rodriguez belonged to a group of “kids” who “regularly performed personal errands and chores” for Dougherty. He’s charged in part with using union credit cards to make Dougherty’s personal purchases.

Brian Fiocca
Office employee, Local 98 (2010-present)

Brian Fiocca is Dougherty’s nephew and works for Local 98 as an office employee.

Fiocca belonged to a group of “kids” who “regularly performed personal errands and chores” for Dougherty, according to the indictment. He’s charged in part with using union credit cards to make Dougherty’s personal purchases.

Anthony Massa
Owner and operator, Massa Construction

Anthony Massa runs a construction company that did over $1.8 million in work for Local 98 from 2010 to 2016, according to the indictment.

He’s charged with billing Local 98 for his work on properties owned by Dougherty and others, often listing it on invoices as work on union-owned properties, and lying to FBI investigators.

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