Jersey City Medical Center union member pleads guilty to embezzlement

Faces prison time and $250,000 fine

The mother daughter duo allegedly embezzled more than $40,000 from the union that represented clerical workers, respiratory therapists, housekeepers, emergency service workers, and physical therapists, among others.
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The mother daughter duo allegedly embezzled more than $40,000 from the union that represented clerical workers, respiratory therapists, housekeepers, emergency service workers, and physical therapists, among others.

The daughter of a former Jersey City Medical Center union official has admitted her role in helping her mother allegedly embezzle $40,455 from the union, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Jersey City resident Jennifer Rogers, 38, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Stanley Chesler to 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.

Local 2254 represented employees of the Jersey City Medical Center, including, among others, clerical workers, respiratory therapists, housekeepers, emergency service workers, and physical therapists.

In August, a federal grand jury indicted both Jennifer Rogers and her mother Linda Rogers, 71, of Jersey City, with one count each of conspiracy to embezzle and embezzlement.

The scheme

According to court documents and statements made in court, Linda Rogers, was employed at the Jersey City Medical Center as a medical clerk 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 and 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.

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

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 allegedly made six 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, according to the indictment.

Possible sentence

The count of embezzlement from a labor union carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Sentencing is scheduled for April 20, 2021.

The pending charges against Linda Rogers are merely accusations, and she is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

U.S. Attorney Craig 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 Jennifer Rogers’ guilty plea.

The government is represented by Senior Litigation Counsel V. Grady O’Malley of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Organized Crime/Gangs Unit.

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