John Dougherty is shown outside Federal court in Philadelphia

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'Family Member No. 4' denies knowingly benefiting from Local 98 money

February 08, 2019 - 2:11 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Pennsylvania State Supreme Court Justice Kevin Dougherty's lawyer said he never knowingly benefited from any money allegedly stolen from Local 98, the union his older brother has run for more than 25 years.

Calling him an "honest public servant who has done nothing wrong," Dougherty's lawyer added he "has always properly disclosed gifts of which he was aware."

The Philadelphia Inquirer, citing "five sources familiar with the investigation," reports Dougherty is "Family Member No. 4" in the indictment. Prosecutors say that person received home repairs and other perks, including snow removal, allegedly paid for with embezzled Local 98 funds.

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Kevin Dougherty was neither named nor charged in the indictment.

The indictment alleges Family Member No. 4's home received "construction, repairs and painting," paid for by the union. Attorney Courtney Saleski said "Justice Dougherty always paid Massa Construction for its services at his home."

When the indictment points to John Dougherty authorizing use of Local 98 funds to pay a contractor for snow removal at Family Member No. 4's home, Saleski responded: "The justice and his neighbors shovel their own snow, and he had no reason to know who shoveled the snow on the morning identified." 

Regarding the allegation Johnny Doc extended him a membership to the Sporting Club at the Bellevue, Saleski points out he "rejected his brother's offer."

When the former Common Pleas judge ran for the high court, he received heavy financial support and backing by the Local 98 union. A huge banner with his name on it was hung across the front of the IBEW building on Spring Garden Street in Center City.