A sweeping federal corruption investigation in Philadelphia ensnared top city officials and one of its most powerful union bosses, accusing them of carrying out a boatload of schemes that included blocking the city's renowned children's hospital from installing new MRI machines.

The indictment charged union boss John "Doc" Dougherty with more than 100 counts, and implicated city councilman Robert "Bobby" Henon, several other officials from Dougherty's union and the owner of a local construction company.

Dougherty's lawyer, Henry E. Hockeimer of Ballard Spahr, said Dougherty has devoted "all his energies" to the union for a quarter century, leading to dramatic increases in wages and benefits. "To allege that John in any way attempted to defraud the union he cares about so deeply is preposterous," Hockeimer said in a statement to the Associated Press.

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