Johnny Doc corruption charges

What Johnny Doc’s friends have been eating the last few years

The 153-page federal indictment gives us an inside look at the labor leader’s grocery list.

IBEW Local 98 YouTube / Billy Penn illustration

When federal officials released a sweeping indictment of Local 98 union chief John Dougherty, Councilman Bobby Henon, and six other individuals connected to the alleged corruption, it was full of food.

While describing the 116 charges of embezzlement, tax fraud and theft of union funds, the charges go into painstaking detail of all the ways Johnny Doc and his errand boys allegedly spent money they weren’t supposed to have. The charges delve into the nitty-gritty — including exact sandwich orders at local restaurants and full shopping lists from recent Target runs.

Among the things we learned: many of them love breakfast cereal, and Dougherty he thinks ham is a gift.

Over the past few years, Dougherty and friends have dined on potato salad, frozen pizzas and three different kinds of of steak. Even the pets have been eating good, with dog food and bones showing up often.

Here’s a quick rundown of everything the feds say Johnny Doc and his friends have been eating.


  • Breakfast sandwiches from Fat Joe’s
  • Breakfast bars
  • Bacon
  • Eggs
  • Bagels
  • Cap’n’Crunch cereal
  • Cheerios cereal
  • Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal
  • Cocoa Pebbles cereal
  • Lucky Charms cereal
  • Rice Krispies cereal
Name the last time you needed seven hams at once

Name the last time you needed seven hams at once

Screenshot / U.S. v Dougherty et all


  • Brisket sandwiches
  • Roast beef sandwiches (with cheese and hot peppers) from Nick’s Old Original Roast Beef
  • Peanut butter, jelly and bread
  • Frozen pizza
  • Mac & cheese


  • Seven (7) hams
  • Asparagus
  • Crab cakes
  • Sirloin steaks
  • Chuck steaks
  • Strip steaks
  • Chicken
  • Canned tuna fish
  • Ground turkey
  • Egg rolls
  • Soup
  • Steaks from The Palm
  • Potato salad and soup from Famous 4th Street
  • Butcher & Singer, various
  • Meals at Francoluigi’s
  • Meals at Famous Dave’s
  • Meals at Matteo’s
  • Meals at Old Homestead
  • Meals at Pietro’s
  • Meals at Siro’s
That's $176 in cake

That's $176 in cake

Screenshot / U.S. v Dougherty et all


  • Tea bags
  • Frappuccinos
  • Soda
  • Apple juice
  • Milk
  • Red Bull

Miscellaneous groceries

  • Baby food
  • Processed cheese spray (gotta have your Whiz)
  • Barbecue sauce
  • Shredded cheese
  • Fruit
  • Pizza dough
  • Ketchup and mustard
  • Potato chips
  • Bagel bites
  • Salad dressing


  • Lemon cake from Del Frisco’s
  • Carrot cake from The Palm
  • Cookies
  • Cookie dough
  • Ice cream
When Pop's birthday cake gets you indicted

When Pop's birthday cake gets you indicted

Screenshot / U.S. v Dougherty et all

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