Head of largest California union arrested on charges of grand theft, tax fraud
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct.15 (Reuters) - The chairman of California's largest union was arrested Friday, the day after the prominent activist was charged with aggravated theft and tax fraud.
Alma Hernandez, executive director of SEIU California, and her husband, Jose Moscoso, were charged Thursday for under-reporting approximately $ 1.4 million in income between tax years 2014 and 2018.
Another complaint alleged that while serving on a political action committee for a Senate Democratic candidate in 2014, Hernandez approved a payment of $ 11,700 to her husband for services he failed to perform.
Moscoso also allegedly failed to disclose that its air duct cleaning company had multiple employees, resulting in unreported wages in excess of $ 300,000.
Hernandez was being held in the Sacramento County Main Prison and was not and was not entitled to bail, according to the Sacramento County Sheriff's Office website.
SEIU California said Hernandez, a 42-year-old who led the union for 11 years, has resigned.
"We are deeply concerned about the allegations against Alma Hernandez," wrote Bob Schoonover, president of the SEIU California State Council, in a statement. "We have accepted Ms. Hernandez's resignation and have worked fully with the authorities on this matter and will continue to do so."
Reuters was unable to contact Hernandez, Moscoso or their lawyers immediately.
Hernandez faces two cases of grand theft, one case of perjury, and five cases of filing false income tax returns in an attempt to evade the tax. The Sacramento County Sheriff's Office website did not immediately list Moscoso as an inmate and a call for information went unanswered.
The SEIU in California has over 700,000 members who work in a variety of fields including social workers, janitors, and doctors. (Reporting by Alexandra Ulmer editing by Alistair Bell)
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