Former JCMC union official pleads guilty to embezzlement

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The former secretary-treasurer of Local 2254 of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Union (AFSCME) at Jersey City Medical Center admitted embezzling $40,455 from the union’s checking and savings accounts, according to Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael Honig.

On Jan. 12, Linda Rogers, 71, of Jersey City, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Stanley R. Chesler to an indictment charging her with embezzlement from the union at Jersey City Medical Center (JCMC).

According to court documents, 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.

From July 2016 through August 2017, her daughter, Jennifer Rogers, who recently pleaded guilty to the same charges, deposited 112 unauthorized checks from the union to their joint checking and savings accounts, totaling $35,267.

From October 2016 through December 2016, Linda Rogers made six wire transfers from the union’s savings account, totaling $5,188, into her personal credit card account.

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 25, 2021.

Honig credited 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 today’s 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.