Philadelphia Revenue Department supervisor arrested
Friday, March 26th, 2010
A Philadelphia city worker is facing bribery charges.
Mark Holt has worked for the city almost 20 years, and lately his job was reviewing applications for tax abatements.
Curtis Douglas is a deputy in the investigations division of the District Attorney’s office.
He says City Councilman Jack Kelly tipped off the D.A.’s office.
Douglas: He was contacted by a long-time friend who had applied for a real-estate tax abatement. That contractor was contacted by someone from the Department of Revenue who wanted cash payment.
District Attorneys detectives set up a sting operation posing as a contractor and met up with Holt giving him an envelope with close to five thousand dollars in cash – then making the arrest.
Douglas says the investigation is continuing and there is a possibility of more arrests.