Feds: Former Jersey City Medical Center union official admits embezzling $40k

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A former union official for the Jersey City Medical Center has pleaded guilty to embezzling $40,455 from the union’s checking and savings accounts, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael Honig announced.

Jersey City Medical Center. Photo via panoramio.com

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Linda Rogers, 71, of Jersey City, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Stanley R. Chesler to Count One of an indictment charging her with embezzlement from American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Union (AFSCME) Local 2254, located at Jersey City Medical Center, Honig said in a statement.

Rogers was employed at JCMC and held a part-time position at Local 2254 as its secretary treasurer.

In that role, she had sole control over the union’s checking and savings accounts. From July 2016 through August 2017, her daughter, Jennifer Rogers, who also recently pleaded guilty to the same charges, deposited 112 unauthorized checks from Local 2254 to their joint checking and savings accounts, totaling $35,267.

From October 2016 through December 2016, Linda Rogers made six wire transfers from 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 to which Linda Rogers pleaded guilty carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for May 25th, 2021.

Honig credited investigators of the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Labor Management Standards, as well as  special agents of the Department of Labor (OIG) New York Region, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.