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John Dougherty resigns as business manager of IBEW Local 98 following bribery conviction – CBS Philly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — John Dougherty’s reign as leader of FIBE Local 98 is now over. On Tuesday, the longtime union leader announced he had resigned as commercial director of IBEW Local 98 after being found guilty in his six-week bribery and corruption trial .

Dougherty was convicted of a count of conspiracy to commit honest services fraud and seven counts of honest services wire fraud on Monday.

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“I have made this difficult but necessary decision to step down as business manager to protect the integrity of this union which has been my life’s work and passion,” Dougherty said in a statement. “Although I am resigning, Local 98 is in an incredibly strong position, financially and otherwise. In the last LM-2 filing of ’98, we were considered the most successful IBEW local in the country in terms of assets versus liabilities. We are among the most respected locals in the entire IBEW and our members enjoy the highest salaries and best benefits in the country. With Mark Lynch, 98 North Assistant Business Manager, Zach Gniewoz, and the best team of business officers we’ve ever had managing day-to-day operations, Local 98 is in safe hands.

Dougherty was first elected as Local 98’s business director in 1993. Under his leadership, the union became one of the most powerful political forces in the state.

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Mark Lynch, 35, a member of IBEW Local 98 for 15 years, will take on the role of interim business manager following Dougherty’s departure. The executive council unanimously elected him to the post after Dougherty’s sentencing Monday night.

Dougherty will face sentencing in February, but it’s unclear how long he could potentially serve.

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Dougherty still faces a second lawsuit for embezzling more than $600,000 from Local 98 and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.