City sues former Sheriff Green and his buddy

Posted: April 19, 2013

FORMER PHILADELPHIA Sheriff John Green, a former vendor and others were sued by the city for failing to give Philadelphia Gas Works money that the utility was owed from sheriff's sales.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Common Pleas Court, stems from a 2011 investigation by City Controller Alan Butkovitz that identified potential improprieties, including excessive fees and overcharges paid to two companies headed by Green's buddy, James Davis Jr.

Green's office paid the companies, Reach Communication Specialists and RCS Searchers, more than $206 million from 2005 to 2010 for advertising, settlement-closing services and the management of the sheriff's unofficial website. RCS Searchers controlled more than 55,000 foreclosure sales for the Sheriff's Department and received more $115 million in "pass-through" money from the sales.

Third parties, such as PGW and the Water Department, were supposed to receive that money, but the report discovered that the utilities were rarely paid.

The city is seeking monetary damages for any overcharges made to the Sheriff's Office, $600,000 owed to PGW and an accounting of all the money that flowed to Davis and his companies.


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