Authorities are searching multiple locations across Philadelphia in connection to an investigation involving union leader John "Johnny Doc" Dougherty and City Councilman Bobby Henon over the alleged misuse of union funds.
An FBI spokeswoman only stated that the Friday morning searches were part of "an ongoing investigation," Philly.com reported, adding that sources said that the investigation, which has been developing for more than two years, was a joint FBI/IRS probe. Dougherty, a powerful Democrat in local politics whose brother sits on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, has led the electricians’ union since 1993.
The International Brotherhood of Electricians’ local Spring Garden Street union hall and Dougherty’s pub, called Doc’s Union Pub, on South Second Street, were among the properties searched by federal agents, NBC10 reported. Councilman Henon, a former IBEW Local 98 electrician, had his City Hall office and an office in Northeast Philadelphia searched in connection to the investigation.