The former district attorney Seth Williams, a career Prosecutor who repelled municipal corruption, but whose term of office as Philadelphia’s first black DA was mired in a corruption scandal convicted. Oct. 24 to five years in prison for accepting a bribe.
Seth Williams of Philadelphia, the former top Prosecutor, was moved to start a prison in Oklahoma, served a five-year sentence for accepting a bribe.
The two-term Democrat SINCE the city was the first black when he won office in 2009 after serving as Philadelphia’s inspector General – a role that he needs to monitor, urban anti-corruption efforts.
He is scheduled for release in November 2021.
In its Oct. 24 sentencing, U.S. district judge Paul Diamond said Williams, 50, sold his office to “parasites.”
“Your deep dishonesty has deterred,” Diamond Williams said, before ordering him jailed immediately.
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A nearly two-year investigation into Williams’ finances resulted in an extensive indictment in which he was accused, with the adoption of the cash and the gifts that he fraudulently for thousands of dollars from his campaign Fund for personal expenses, abusing city vehicles, and embezzle the money to care for the financing of its mother, nursing.
Two weeks in its June-study, in the midst of damaging testimony about how he accepted perks such as a lush vacation in the Caribbean and a Jaguar convertible, Williams pleaded guilty to a single count of accepting a bribe money from a businessman who admitted, giving him a $3000 sofa and thousands of dollars in cash payments.
He had been charged with 29 cases of bribery, extortion and fraud. Although the 28 cases were dismissed, prosecutors said, Williams admitted he committed all of the conduct.
On Monday, his lawyers say, he was moved from Philadelphia to the Federal prison in Oklahoma City.
His defense team believes he will eventually be moved to Morgantown, W. Va., until the end of his term of office. Morgantown, a minimum-security jail is about a five-hour drive from Philadelphia.
Williams’ sentencing came just a year after the former state attorney General Kathleen Kane, elected the first woman and first Democrat, as the state’s top Prosecutor, was sentenced to 10 to 23 months in prison.
She was sentenced on two felony counts of perjury, and seven charges offense for illegal leaking of grand jury materials in a political payback System and lying under oath.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.