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Labor leader and political kingmaker John J. Dougherty and Philadelphia City Councilman Bobby Henon were charged Wednesday with embezzlement, bribery, and theft, along with six other people affiliated with Local 98 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

The sprawling 116-count federal indictment alleges that Dougherty, 58, and his associates stole more than $600,000 in union funds and spent it wildly on no-show jobs; expensive meals at restaurants including the Palm Philadelphia; an array of construction projects; and purchases that included big-screen TVs, dog food, and baby supplies.

But beneath the spending lurked a more ominous story of a union boss who didn’t hesitate to use Henon — who holds a paid position with Local 98 — to settle petty feuds, intimidate employers who used nonunion workers, and even delay legislation.

“Henon abdicated his duty to provide honest services to the city of Philadelphia because he made decisions on behalf of John Dougherty, rather than the people that elected him to City Council,” First Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams said during a morning news conference at the U.S. Attorney’s Chestnut Street office.

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