On March 21, 2017, Philadelphia District Attorney Rufus Seth Williams was charged in a 23-count indictment with bribery, extortion and honest services wire fraud in connection with receiving bribes from two business owners and with defrauding a nursing home and family friends of money intended for a family member’s nursing home care.  According to the indictment, from July 2010 to July 2015, Williams solicited and received tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of bribes from two business owners, and filed false and misleading personal financial statements for the years 2012 through 2015 in order to conceal those bribes.  In exchange, Williams agreed to help Business Owner #1 with security screenings when Business Owner #1 returned from foreign travel.  Williams also agreed to assist with criminal charges brought by the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office against an associate of Business Owner #1.  Williams appointed Business Owner #2, a Philadelphia bar owner, as a Special Advisor to the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office; wrote a letter to the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control in order to influence a hearing to revoke or suspend Business Owner #2’s California liquor license; and obtained a police accident report at Business Owner #2’s request.  The indictment also alleges that, from February 2012 through November 2013, Williams diverted a relative’s pension and Social Security payments for his own personal expenses instead of using them to pay for the relative’s nursing home costs, and falsely told a nursing home employee that the relative had spent the money.  Williams also spent $10,000 that he had accepted from the relative’s friends to cover expenses related to the relative’s nursing home care on his own personal expenses.  United States v. Williams, 2:17-cr-00137 (E.D. Pa.). DOJ Press Release