The daughter of a former American Federal State County and Municipal Amalgamated Transit Workers Union official pleaded guilty to helping her mother embezzle more than $40,000 from the labor group, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced Tuesday.
Jennifer Rogers, the daughter of former AFSCME secretary treasurer Linda Rogers, admitted to depositing 112 checks worth $35,267 into joint accounts belonging to her and her mother. As secretary treasurer, Linda Rogers had full control over aspects of Local 2254’s finances.
The elder Rogers, who faces separate charges for her role in the alleged scheme, is said to have made six wire transfers worth $5,188 via telephone, moving the money from the union account and into her personal credit card account. Both women worked at the Jersey City Medical Center at the time.
None of the transactions were authorized, authorities said, and Linda Rogers faces charges of embezzling from a labor union and conspiring to do the same.
The one-count indictment Jennifer Rogers pleaded guilty to carries penalties of up to five years in prison and a fine of $250,000. She’s due to be sentenced on April 20, 2021.
Assistant federal public defender Anthony Thomas is serving as defense counsel, while the state is represented by U.S. Attorney’s office Organized Crime/Gangs Unit Senior Litigation Counsel Grady O’Malley.