A former Philadelphia police 911 operator has been charged with illegally collecting $55,500 from a fund designated to help city employees actively engaged in the fight against terror.
Fifty-one-year-old Pendarvis Williams is charged with theft by deception and theft by property lost, mislaid or delivered by mistake.
“Pendarvis Williams used his position as a member of the armed forces to steal $55,500 from the citizens of Philadelphia which, as a guardsman myself, is deplorable,” said District Attorney Seth Williams. “As a civilian member of the Philadelphia Police Department he should be ashamed, as a soldier who fought in Operation Enduring Freedom he has dishonored his unit and as a thief he should be found guilty and be punished to the fullest extent of the law.”
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Prosecutors said military records indicate that Pendarvis Williams was on active duty in the armed forces from December 2002 through mid-October 2003. He then fulfilled monthly National Guard duties until ordered to full-time Guard duty in May 2004.
Prosecutors said neither position was in support of the war on terror, but he collected 111 $500 checks anyway. The money was intended for city employees on active duty supporting the military response to the Sept. 11, 2003 terror attacks.
Reached by phone, Williams declined comment.