SACRAMENTO – A chief employee of California’s largest union resigned after she and her husband were charged with serious crimes, including tax fraud.
Alma Hernandez has served as CEO of SEIU California since 2016. The union represents over 700,000 workers and has political clout, regularly donating millions to Democratic candidates. Sacramento Bee was the first to report the charges and her resignation.
Attorney General Rob Bonta said Wednesday that on October 4, his office brought charges against Hernandez and her husband, Jose Moscoso.
According to the complaint, they were charged with five felonies related to filing false tax returns, allegedly underreporting their income by about $ 1.4 million over five years. They allegedly owe the state more than $ 140,000 and could be sentenced to prison.
“In the end, we know that their family will clear their name and they will both return to raising their children and fighting for the future of our family and society,” family spokeswoman Marie Hernandez told Sacramento Bee. The newspaper does not mention the attitude of Marie Hernandez to Alma Hernandez.
Hernandez is also facing two grand theft charges and one perjury charge for her work as treasurer on the 2014 political committee supporting the state Senate nominee.
The complaint alleges that she gave her husband nearly $ 12,000 in campaign money to provide food services that he never provided.
According to campaign finance reports, this political committee has received numerous donations from the SEIU political arm in California.
“We are deeply concerned about the accusations against Alma Hernandez. We accepted the resignation of Ms. Hernandez, and we have fully cooperated with the authorities on this issue and will continue to do so, ”said Bob Schunover, executive director of the California Council of State SEIU, in a statement.
He added: “Any misuse of funds is unacceptable and we are committed to redouble our efforts to ensure that all officials and staff adhere to the highest standards of ethical and financial conduct.”
SEIU California’s director of government affairs, Tia Orr, will become the union’s interim executive director, Schunover said. He oversees more than a dozen local unions representing government officials, education, health and others.
Mike Roth, a union spokesman, did not answer a question about when Hernandez resigned.
Separately, Moscoso was charged for unrecorded wages and non-payment of employment taxes for his business, LA Duct Cleaning LLC.
The investigation involved officials from the Attorney General’s Office, the Employment Department, the Tax Franchise Office and the Fair Political Practice Commission, which is a government observer of campaign finance.