FBI Asks About Gifts to Philadelphia Prosecutor

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After Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams disclosed that he had received more than $160,000 in gifts over the last five years, a spokesman confirmed for the first time that federal agents had interviewed members of the district attorney’s staff, and one of Williams’ gift-givers said she had spoken to the FBI, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Williams came under public scrutiny this week after releasing a list of $160,050 in previously undisclosed gifts, including sideline passes to Eagles games, vacations at a pharmaceutical mogul’s country estate, and $45,000 for a roof and other improvements to his home.

A lawyer for the pharmaceutical executive said Williams sought the vacations at the millionaire’s luxurious 2,500-acre property. “He asked to use the facility,” said Dennis Gordon, lawyer for Raymond Mirra, owner of the Stone Ridge Estate in Appomattox, Va. Williams listed family vacations there worth $1,000 each for 2010, 2013, and 2014. The estate, which is for sale at $10 million, is advertised as being “set up more like a private resort in which to pamper oneself,” with a full horse stable, riding trails, and “endless amenities,” including six guest homes, a 6,000-bottle wine cellar, a massage area, a bowling alley, and indoor and outdoor pools. Williams may have undervalued the vacations. The Dude Ranch Association said stays at similar high-end horse retreats can run well in excess of $1,000 for just one night.

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