Federal investigation clouds Philadelphia City Council's return

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Philadelphia City Council is back in session, and all eyes are on Councilman Bobby Henon.

Federal agents raided his City Hall and district offices in Northeast Philadelphia in August, part of the sweeping investigation of the powerful Electrical Workers Union and its leader John Doughtery.

Henon is a key Dougherty ally, and still a paid union leader.

Doughtery's home and offices were also raided as part of the extensive two-year probe.

"Under the guidance of legal counsel, I'm going to tell you that the motivations I cannot answer," said City Councilman Bobby Henon (D-Philadelphia).

Insiders say the investigation is focusing on possible misuse of union funds. Feds seized reams of paperwork, computer hard drives, bank records, invoices, credit card records and tax forms.

Johnny Dougherty, through a spokesman, declined comment Thursday as Councilman Henon chose his words carefully.

"Law enforcement has not contacted me or any member of my staff to my knowledge," said Henon.

Neither Henon nor Doughtery have been charged with any crimes.

After the first session of City Council wrapped up Thursday, Henon would not answer any questions from reporters.

"I want to tell you this, that my office will continue to serve the City of Philadelphia. They're going to serve them with great pride, and great dignity," said Henon.
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