Ex-Philadelphia Sheriff Green Indicted

- John Green, the former sheriff of Philadelphia, has been indicted on federal charges, the U.S. Attorney’s office announced Friday.

Green, 68, and James Davis, 65, have been charged with conspiracy and four counts of honest services fraud, with Davis also charged with two counts of filing a false tax return and three counts of willful failure to file a tax return. 

According to the announcement of the indictment, “John Green and James Davis enriched each other through their abuse of the public trust placed in the Sheriff to conduct his duties honestly in the best interest of the citizens of Philadelphia and the distressed owners who lost their properties at Sheriff’s sales.  Green agreed to Davis’ companies receiving contracts, business, and fees from the PSO in the sale of the real estate, which they hid from the public, in exchange for Davis providing Green extensive personal benefits, which they also hid.  From 2002 through 2010, Davis and his companies developed near exclusive control of much of the work connected to the PSO court-ordered sales of properties.  Davis and his companies also handled the advertising for Green’s reelection campaigns, including for Green’s 2007 reelection campaign.”

Green retired in 2011 after 22 years. 

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