INQUIRER: Contractor Donald J. “Gus” Dougherty Jr. pleaded guilty today in federal court for providing $115,000 worth of free renovations on the South Philadelphia home of labor leader John Dougherty. With his plea, Gus Dougherty, a close friend but unrelated to John Dougherty, has now pleaded guilty to 99 criminal counts involving his business, Dougherty Electric Inc. He pleaded guilty to a charge of providing illegal payments to a union official. Gus Dougherty is to be sentenced Aug. 15. In the hearing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Anita Eve said Gus Dougherty “did not intend to invoice” John Dougherty for the work on the house and only did so after he learned he was under federal investigation. Earlier this year, Gus Dougherty pleaded guilty to 98 charges in the case against him but pledged to go to trial to face two charges that involved the residences of John Dougherty. John Dougherty has said he has engaged in no wrongdoing. He has not been criminally charged, but prosecutors have said in court that he is a subject of an investigation. MORE
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