NEWARK, NJ - Linda Rogers, 71, a Jersey City resident and former secretary treasurer of Local 2254 of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Union (AFSCME), admitted embezzling $40,455 from the union’s checking and savings accounts, according to Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael Honig.

Rogers pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Stanley R. Chesler on Monday.

According to the indictment,Rogers was employed at the Jersey City Medical Center (JCMC) and held a part-time position at Local 2254 as its secretary treasurer. In that role, she had sole control over the union’s checking and savings accounts. From July 2016 through August 2017, her daughter, Jennifer Rogers, who also recently pleaded guilty to the same charges, deposited 112 unauthorized checks from Local 2254 to their joint checking and savings accounts, totaling $35,267. 

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From October 2016 through December 2016, Linda Rogers made six wire transfers from 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.

Rogers faces up to five years in prison and is scheduled to be sentenced on May 25.

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