Coming just two days after Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams disclosed that he received over $160,000 in unreported gifts over a five year period, new details are emerging over the specifics of those gifts.
For example, according to Ryan Briggs of City & State, it turns out that Williams failed to get a city permit for the $45,000 roofing job that was done free of charge for him. Furthermore, it is highly likely that the original amount disclosed was a significant understatement of the true cost of the roofing repair job.
Lynmar, the firm that did the repairs, is owned by a man named Michael Palmieri who has donated over $40,000 to Williams’ campaign over the years.
The roofing job is not the only likely understated value in Williams’ disclosure.
Aubrey Whelan, Chris Brennan and Mark Fazlollah of the Inquirer document that Williams listed a $1,000 family vacation in 2010, 2013, and 2014. Williams stayed at the Stone Ridge Estate, a 2,500 acre estate on the market for $10 million. They estimate that staying a similar facility at market value would cost $1,000 a night.
Williams’ ex-wife also received a $1,500 per month discount on a rental property, according to the owner of the property. That amount, however, was not included in the disclosure because, “it wasn’t considered a gift”. At least so says Williams’ attorney Samuel C. Stretton.
Some of the gift givers in the disclosure have been contacted by the FBI concerning the nature of the gifts. All the while, Williams has also been the subject of an on-going federal probe over the possible misuse of campaign funds.