By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 11/27/14, 11:13 AM PST |

The former general manager of the San Bernardino County Public Employees Association, responding to a lawsuit filed against him by the union, denies allegations he misappropriated or embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Bob Blough, in his 10-page response filed Nov. 20 in San Bernardino Superior Court, alleges that the union had “unclean hands” and was essentially complicit in the alleged wrongdoing, rendering the lawsuit meritless. He said the union was equally responsible and failed to take any action to “mitigate and lessen damages.”

The union’s actions, Blough alleges, constitute a full release and waiver by the union of “any and all its claims” against him. He is seeking $520,000 in general damages, compensation for the cost of litigation, and punitive damages.

Blough, of Calimesa, couldn’t be reached for comment Wednesday.

Union General Manager Deidre Rodriguez declined to comment Wednesday due to the pending lawsuit.

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