Contractor with ties to Johnny Doc indicted for tax fraud and defrauding union benefit fund

A close associate of Philadelphia union leader John “Johnny Doc” Dougherty was indicted Wednesday on multiple counts of bank fraud, tax fraud and stealing from the benefits funds for union workers.

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Donald “Gus” Dougherty, 54, collaborated with Michael McKale, an accountant working for his company, Dougherty Electric Inc., to alter financial records and lower the amount of federal taxes he was required to pay, according to the indictment filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court.

McKale, 47, has been charged with conspiracy to defraud the IRS and related offenses.

Dougherty’s attorney, Eric W. Sitarchuk, said Wednesday he “intends to vigorously contest the charges.”

Though Dougherty is not related to the prominent Democratic kingmaker, the two have been lifelong friends, and have been linked in the FBI’s ongoing probe against John Dougherty.

Gus Dougherty pleaded guilty in 2008 to defrauding John Dougherty’s Local 98 out of more than $500,000 in

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For $2M, a Connecticut estate with a rebuilt barn and ties to the NYC art world

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A five-acre estate in Connecticut that once belonged to a New York City heiress and patron of the arts is now asking $1.995 million. The property at 453-455 Newtown Turnpike was once owned by Alice DeLamar, the daughter of Joseph Raphael DeLamar, a mining mogul who made a fortune in the industry during the late 19th century. Throughout her life, Alice financially supported the careers of many artists and writers, even allowing many of them to stay at her multiple properties. The unique compound includes a four-bedroom main house, two guest cottages, an 1800’s blacksmith forge, and a three-room “dollhouse.”

Other notable names linked to the property include ballet dancer Tanaquil Le Clercq and New York City Ballet co-founder George Balanchine. Balanchine and dancer George Volodine even taught dance classes in the former barn, which now serves as the main residence. And according

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No SECDEF with defense contractor ties, House progressives ask of Biden

Two House progressives have asked President-elect Joe Biden to select a secretary of defense without a history of employment through defense contractors.

Reps. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., and Mark Pocan, D-Wis., argued in a letter sent Tuesday that recent Pentagon chiefs have been too strongly linked to the defense industry.

“The most recent Secretary of Defense, Mark Esper, who was fired by Donald Trump yesterday, was employed as a lobbyist for Raytheon prior to being appointed,” Lee and Pocan wrote. “His predecessor, Patrick Shanahan, was a 30-year Boeing executive … And Jim Mattis, President Trump’s first Secretary of Defense, served on the board of General Dynamics for four years before being noticed by the president.”

Nearly half of all senior Pentagon officials are connected to military contractors, the two House representatives added, later referencing President Dwight Eisenhower’s farewell address, which warned against ceding unwarranted influence to the military-industrial complex.

“It is

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Overnight Defense: 5 US service members killed in international peacekeeping helicopter crash in Egypt | Progressives warn Biden against Defense nominee with contractor ties

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a close up of a flag: Overnight Defense: 5 US service members killed in international peacekeeping helicopter crash in Egypt | Progressives warn Biden against Defense nominee with contractor ties | Trump executive order to ban investment in Chinese military-linked companies


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Overnight Defense: 5 US service members killed in international peacekeeping helicopter crash in Egypt | Progressives warn Biden against Defense nominee with contractor ties | Trump executive order to ban investment in Chinese military-linked companies

THE TOPLINE: Five U.S. service members were among seven international peacekeepers killed Thursday in a helicopter crash in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula.

The helicopter belonged to the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO), an international peacekeeping body that monitors the 40-year-old peace agreement between Israel and Egypt.

The Pentagon and MFO initially said six U.S. members were killed, but the Pentagon said Thursday evening five were killed and one was injured.

“At this point, there is no information to

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Progressive House Democrats urge Biden against Defense chief with contractor ties

A pair of progressive House Democrats is urging President-elect Joe Biden not to nominate a Pentagon chief who has previously worked for a defense contractor.



Mark Pocan wearing a suit and tie: Progressive House Democrats urge Biden against Defense chief with contractor ties


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Progressive House Democrats urge Biden against Defense chief with contractor ties

“Respectfully, and in full agreement with your past statements, we write to request that the next secretary of Defense, have no prior employment history with a defense contractor,” Reps. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) and Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) wrote in a letter to Biden released Thursday.

Pocan is the co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and Lee is the caucus’ chairwoman emeritus.

As House members, Pocan and Lee will not get a vote on Biden’s eventual nominee. But the letter signals the progressive position on the woman widely seen as Biden’s likely choice, Michele Flournoy.

Flournoy, who was under secretary of Defense for policy in the Obama administration, co-founded consultant group WestExec

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Sonoma Property With Ties to the Writer Jack London on the Market for $2.9M

A picturesque property that’s part of Jack London‘s original “Beauty Ranch” in Glen Ellen, CA, has come on the market for $2.895 million.

The 4.6 acres can be traced directly back to the celebrated author of “Call of the Wild” and his wife, Charmian Kittredge London. After purchasing 130 acres in 1903, including the offering now on the market, he became so enamored with the area, he eventually picked up 1,400 acres, most of which now make up Jack London State Historic Park.

London died at the age of 40 in 1916, and spent his last years in this woodsy paradise.


After his death, his widow sold off some pieces of the land, including the real estate now available.

The property includes a midcentury modern abode from 1959 designed by the modernist firm Campbell and Wong, as well as a knotty-pine guest cottage from 1939, a vineyard, and

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German police search homes of four suspected of ties to Vienna attacker

BERLIN (Reuters) – Police on Friday searched homes and businesses in Germany linked to four people believed to have had ties to the man who went on a deadly rampage in Vienna this week, officials said.

The 20-year-old convicted jihadist who killed four people on Monday was shot dead by police within minutes of opening fire on bystanders and bars. He was later identified as Kujtim Fejzulai, a native of Vienna.

“There is no initial suspicion that the four people affected by today’s measures took part in the attack but there are believed to have been links with the suspected attacker,” Germany’s BKA criminal police said on Twitter.

The BKA said a federal judge had issued search warrants for the homes and businesses in the German towns of Osnabrueck, Kassel and in the district of Pinneberg near Hamburg after the Austrian judiciary transferred some of its findings on the attack

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German Police Search Homes of Four Suspected of Ties to Vienna Attacker | World News

BERLIN (Reuters) – German police said on Friday they were conducting searches in several German towns in connection with four people believed to have ties to the suspected Vienna attacker who killed four people when he opened fire on bystanders and bars on Monday.

Vienna police shot dead the 20-year-old dual citizen of Austria and North Macedonia who had previously been jailed for trying to join Islamic State in Syria.

Germany’s BKA criminal police said on Twitter that they were searching homes and businesses in the German towns of Osnabrueck, Kassel and in the district of Pinneberg near Hamburg.

“There is no initial suspicion that the four people affected by today’s measures took part in the attack but there are believed to have been links with the suspected attacker,” they said.

The search warrants were obtained after the Austrian judiciary transferred information to German prosecutors, the BKA said.

Switzerland has

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