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Man pleads guilty to bribing Philadelphia's top prosecutor

Written by The Associated Press | May 11, 2017 5:01 PM
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In this Feb. 10, 2017, file photo, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams speaks during a news conference in Philadelphia. A law enforcement official with direct knowledge of the investigation says the FBI and IRS will announce corruption charges Tuesday, March 21, 2017, against Williams. The charges come after a lengthy investigation into $160,000 in gifts that Williams failed to report, including a new roof, a $2,700 couch and luxury vacations.


(Philadelphia) -- A Pennsylvania man has pleaded guilty to bribing Philadelphia's indicted district attorney.
Forty-year-old Mohammad N. Ali of Feasterville pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court in Philadelphia.

Prosecutors say Ali gave Seth Williams a vacation to the Dominican Republic, a $3,000 sofa, expensive electronics and jewelry, a fancy dinner and thousands of dollars in cash. In return, Williams allegedly helped Ali get through airport security more quickly after foreign travel. Authorities say Ali also wanted Williams' help with criminal charges against an Ali associate.

Ali faces up to five years in prison on the bribery count. He also admitted filing a false income tax return.

Williams, a two-term Democrat, awaits trial on charges he took more than $100,000 in cash, trips and luxury gifts from several businessmen.

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