The former secretary/treasurer of a Jersey City Medical Center union and her daughter made their initial appearances in court Aug. 13 on charges they allegedly embezzled $40,455 from the union’s checking and savings accounts, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.
Linda Rogers, 71, and her daughter, Jennifer Rogers, 38, both of Jersey City, were indicted by a federal grand jury with one count each of conspiracy to embezzle and embezzlement.
They allegedly embezzled $40,500 from Local 2254 of the American Federal State County and Municipal Amalgamated Transit Workers Union (AFSCME).
Local 2254 represented employees of the Jersey City Medical Center, including, among others, clerical workers, respiratory therapists, housekeepers, emergency service workers, and physical therapists.
The two made their initial appearances Aug. 13 by videoconference before U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph A. Dickson and were released on bond.
112 fraudulent checks issued
According to the indictment, Linda Rogers was formerly employed at the Jersey City Medical Center as a medical clerk. She also held a part-time position at Local 2254 as its secretary/treasurer, where she had sole control over the union’s checkbook and savings account.
Linda Rogers maintained the union’s financial records, including dues ledger books, checkbook, and other documentation, at her Jersey City home where she and her daughter lived together.
From July 2016 through August 2017, she and her daughter, also a former employee at the hospital, allegedly deposited 112 unauthorized checks from Local 2254’s checkbook to their joint checking and savings accounts, totaling $35,267.
According to the indictment, Linda Rogers allegedly permitted her daughter to appropriate and then fraudulently issue the checks to Linda by allegedly forging the signatures of the Local’s president.
From October 2016 through December 2016, Linda Rogers also allegedly made six wire transfers from Local 2254’s savings account, totaling $5,188, into her personal credit card account.
According to the indictment, none of the expenditures were authorized or for legitimate union purposes.
Could face jail time
If found guilty, the two women could face prison time. The counts of conspiracy to embezzle and embezzlement each carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
They are scheduled to be arraigned on Aug. 19, by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Stanley R. Chesler.
U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited the investigators of the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Labor Management Standards, under the direction of Adriana Vamvakas, Regional Director; and 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 the charges.
The government is represented by Senior Litigation Counsel V. Grady O’Malley of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Organized Crime/Gangs Unit.
The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations. Linda and Jennifer Rogers are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.