Unlike his predecessor, CA Attorney General Rob Bonta actually seems interested in prosecuting real crimes, and in Union-enriched California, this one comes as a bit of a surprise.
From the Sacramento Bee:
The executive director of SEIU California, the biggest labor union in the state, is resigning after the attorney general’s office charged her and her husband with multiple counts of tax fraud, embezzlement, perjury and failure to pay unemployment insurance taxes.
The office filed its charges against Alma Hernández and her husband, Jose Moscoso, on Oct. 4 in the Sacramento County Superior Court.
Hernández was oft-included in the Capitol Weekly‘s Top 100 Influencers, and this year she ranked No. 36 for her “[t]ough at the bargaining table” skills. Hopefully she has legal counsel with even tougher skills, as the charges look pretty weighty.
The investigation that led to criminal charges began in 2019 when the state’s campaign finance watchdog, the Fair Political Practices Commission, drew attention to an allegation that Hernandez as treasurer for a 2014 state senate campaign approved spending to her husband for services he did not provide. The money did not come from an SEIU campaign finance account.
That tip led investigators from the the Attorney General’s Office to dig into Moscosco and his company, according to court documents.
Hernández was charged with two counts of grand theft and a count of perjury, for directing $11,700 from the senate campaign to Moscoso, who was supposed to provide food and drink for 80 canvassers, did not do so, according to the complaint.
Moscoso was charged with failing to pay more than $16,000 in employment taxes for his business. He also had over $300,000 in unreported wages for his employees, ultimately owing more than $80,000 to the state’s Employment Development Department, according to the complaint.
The couple was also charged with multiple counts of tax fraud for underreporting their income by about $1.4 million from 2014 to 2018.
Here’s the kicker. These very charges of employment taxes, unreported wages, and tax fraud are the same charges that San Diego Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-Evil Harridan) the author of AB5 claimed independents and small businesses trafficked in by misclassifying employees, and why she insisted that AB5 was necessary.
We know the law was made to enrich her union friends like Alma Hernández, but apparently for Hernández, that wasn’t enough. Greed is one of the seven deadly sins, after all.
The California Employment Development Department has been the enforcement arm for AB5 “misclassification” violations, and has retroactively gone after hard working, taxpaying independent professionals and small businesses—even S Corporations, which are supposed to have protections under the law. This was done for the sake of justifying this corrupt and evil law. Now we have a leader of the largest labor union in California doing without impunity exactly what innocent independent professionals have been accused of.
What’s that sound? Another Leftist narrative, dying a slow and painful death.
Here’s another kicker. Hernández was loud and proud, out front, and pushing to ensure that Governor Gavin Newsom was not recalled.
“Gavin’s actions speak for themselves,” said Alma Hernández, executive director for SEIU California. “He’s extended paid sick leave, he’s protecting workers at the workplace. He’s worked on healthcare for all Californians regardless of immigration status. Those are the values that we share.”
The SEIU donated over $6 million to Stop the Republican Recall, and had their foot soldiers at every rally, and probably at every voting center. An indictment is an interesting reward for someone who was pivotal in helping Hair Gel keep his job.
The other “value” Hernández and Hair Gel share are corrupt associates and actions. Newsom has powerful people who cover and protect him. Hernández could well take the fall for her crimes.
Guess Hernández didn’t pay off the right people.