Former head of Philadelphia union charged with stealing $150,000 to support political candidates

A former leader of a Philadelphia labor union allegedly stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from his members to support specific candidates in the city’s 2019 Democratic primary election

State and federal authorities accused Christen Woods, a former district head of the National Union of Hospital and Healthcare Employees, of stealing more than $150,000 to spend on political campaigns. He allegedly misrepresented the missing funds as payments for renovation costs of his union’s headquarters in Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported

“Woods, the head of District 1199C…submitted false bids to the union to ensure Hardy’s newly created and unlicensed construction company was awarded a heavily-inflated bid to renovate a portion of the union hall,” read official court documents

“The money was then funneled from the construction company to Hardy’s political consulting company, Monroe Press, to
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