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Federal agents launched another raid at the Local 98 electricians’ union headquarters in Philadelphia between spells of rain on Friday morning.
This is the second such raid on the Spring Garden Street building since the federal investigation into the union’s activities exploded into public view four years ago.
An FBI spokesperson confirmed to the Inquirer that agents arrived around 7 a.m. By 10 a.m., there was no sign of unusual activity outside the union headquarters.
The raid comes as union leader John “Johnny Doc” Dougherty, City Councilmember Bobby Henon and a host of other union officials inch toward their trial date over alleged bribery and embezzlement schemes.
What agents were searching for on Friday — and whether it relates to the ongoing court case or a separate investigation — remains unclear. A spokesperson for the union did not respond to phone calls.
According to the 116-count indictment unsealed last year, U.S. prosecutors allege Dougherty and other union members siphoned more than $600,000 from the politically powerful chapter of the electricians’ union.
They also claim Henon, a former electrician and current paid employee of Local 98, carried out Dougherty’s bidding in City Hall in exchange for a plum side gig. The defendants have denied all charges.
The trial date is set for January 2021.
This is a developing story and will be updated. WHYY’s Erin Reynolds contributed reporting.