FBI Raids Philadelphia Sheriff's Office

The FBI is investigating the Philadelphia Sheriff's Department and raided its office this morning at 100 South Broad Street.

A spokesman for the Sheriff's Department says this is something that started under the old administration and does not involve the current administration, run by Sheriff Jewell Williams.

Agents arrived at the Sheriff's office with a search warrant and subpoena for court records and files, according to spokesman Joseph Blake. "The agents were given the full cooperation of the Sheriff's Office of Philadelphia city and county."

The FBI confiscated computers and files, as part of their search for information on real estate transactions from Sheriff sales that were conducted.

Blake says because of the nature of this investigation, he won't comment any further.

Former Sheriff John Green resigned in 2011, amid allegations that he was running an office of insider dealing.

According to the Philadelphia Business Journal, Mayor Michael Nutter's office filed a lawsuit in April against Green, 5 companies and 8 other people. The lawsuit alleges they diverted millions of dollars from Sheriff's sales.

Williams was sworn into office in January 2012. Before being elected Sheriff, he served as a State Representative of the 197th Legislative District for 11 years.

Contact Lauren DiSanto at 610.668.5705, lauren.disanto@nbcuni.com

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