Federal Authorities are now looking into the financial dealings of the Philadelphia Sheriff’s office.
Chief Deputy Sheriff for Finance and Accountability Joseph Vignola has confirmed that federal authorities are probing the office.
“Our office received a subpoena from the United States Attorney’s office and we are fully cooperating with the United States Attorney’s Office in preparing the information that they requested,” said Vignola.
City Controller Alan Butkovitz says his office also received a subpoena. “What we’ve been asked for is copies of imaged records relating to real estate transactions in the Sheriff’s Office,” he said.
The controller’s office has hired an outside firm to do a forensic audit of the Sheriff’s Office. Acting Sheriff Barbara Deeley plans to resume Sheriff’s Sales on March 16th after an overhaul of that part of her office.