One of Philadelphia's most powerful union bosses and the city's Democratic majority leader stand accused of embezzling funds from the workers they claimed to represent.

The Department of Justice indicted International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 98 boss John "Doc" Dougherty Jr. and several other union officials, as well as Democratic City Councilman Bobby Henon, on corruption charges. They face 116 counts of misusing of union funds to serve their own interests rather than those of their members.

Dougherty's personal attorney, Henry Hockeimer, said Dougherty has spent his career advancing the interest of workers and called the charges "preposterous."

"John has devoted all of his energies to Local 98 and to those working in the trades in Philadelphia," he said in a statement. "Every move he makes is done in order to better the lives of the membership of Local 98."

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