Leader of California’s largest union, SEIU, resigns amid tax fraud, embezzlement charges

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The executive director of California’s largest labor union resigned after the state Attorney General’s Office this month 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 SEIU California Executive Director Alma Hernández and her husband, Jose Moscoso, on Oct. 4 in Sacramento Superior Court.

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Hernández, whose union represents over 700,000 workers across the state, had been in her position since 2016. She led the union’s push against recalling Gov. Gavin Newsom, with the organization donating more than $6 million to the campaign.

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The union is also a major player in the Capitol, pushing for policies such as a $15 minimum wage. It represents local government employees, state workers, in-home caregivers, lecturers, janitors and health and care professionals, among others.

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Hernández and Moscoso allegedly under-reported their income by $1.4 million over the span of five years, according to the complaint. Hernández also allegedly misused a political fundraising account to pay her husband for services he did not provide.



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