Philly DA Received $160,000 In Previously Undisclosed Gifts
According to Chris Brennan of the Inquirer, the DA had neglected to include $160,050 in gifts from 2010 to 2015.
The gifts ranged from simple cash totaling as much as $10,000, to $20,800 in airfare and hotels, to sideline passes for the Philadelphia Eagles (Williams received passes for the last 5 seasons).
None of these gifts were reported on annual statements from Williams meant to disclose financial interests. These gifts came on top of an annual salary of $175,572 that Williams receives.
His attorney, Samuel C. Stretton, called the failure to report the gifts, “a terrible mistake.” Since some of the gifts came from close friends, Williams believed he did not have to report them according to Stretton.
“There’s no good answer,” Stretton explained as to why Williams did not report the gifts. “The true answer is he should have reported it. He failed to do so. And he accepts responsibility.”
There is no word yet on whether Williams will be charged with violating ethics rules. Penalties would be most harsh coming from the city itself which can fine officials $1,000 for each infraction.
All of this comes amid the on-going federal probe of to see if Williams used campaign funds for personal use.