Feds: Daughter of ex-Jersey City Medical Center union official pleads guilty to embezzlement

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The daughter of a former Jersey City Medical Center official pleaded guilty today to helping her mother embezzle $40,455 from her union, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Jersey City Medical Center. Photo via panoramio.com

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Jennifer Rogers, 38, of Jersey City, New Jersey, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Stanley R. Chesler to Count One of an indictment charging her with embezzling from Local 2254 of the American Federal State County and Municipal Amalgamated Transit Workers Union (AFSCME) in Hudson County, Carpenito said in a statement.

Linda Rogers was employed at the Jersey City Medical Center and also held a part-time position at Local 2254 as its secretary treasurer. In that role, she had sole control over the union’s checkbook and savings account, court documents show.

From July 2016 through August 2017, Jennifer Rogers, also an employee at the hospital at that time, deposited 112 unauthorized checks totaling $35,267 from Local 2254’s account to joint checking and savings accounts she owned with her mother.

From October 2016 through December 2016, Linda Rogers allegedly made six telephonic wire transfers from the Local 2254’s savings account, totaling $5,188, into her personal credit card account.

None of the expenditures were authorized or for legitimate union purposes.

The count of embezzlement from a labor union carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Rogers has her sentencing scheduled for April 20th, 2021.

Linda and Jennifer Rogers were indicted by a federal grand jury back in August.

Additionally, Carpenito credited the investigators of the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Labor Management Standards, under the direction of Regional Director Adriana Vamvakas, as well as special agents of the Department of Labor (OIG), New York Region, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Michael Mikulka, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.

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