FORMER 911 OPERATOR TURNS HIMSELF IN FOR ILLEGALLY COLLECTING WAR ON TERROR STIPEND

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Forged paperwork scammed the City of Philadelphia out of $55,500

PHILADELPHIA (May 20, 2015) – Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams announced that former Philadelphia Police Department 911 Operator Pendarvis Williams turned himself in yesterday, was arrested and has been charged with Theft by Deception and Theft of Property Lost, Mislaid or Delivered by Mistake. Pendarvis Williams illegally collected $55,500 from a fund designated to help Philadelphians actively serving in the armed services in support of the Global War on Terror.

“Pendarvis Williams used his position as a member of the armed forces to steal $55,500 from the citizens of Philadelphia which, as a guardsman myself, is deplorable,” said District Attorney Seth Williams. “As a civilian member of the Philadelphia Police Department he should be ashamed, as a soldier who fought in Operation Enduring Freedom he has dishonored his unit and as a thief he should be found guilty and be punished to the fullest extent of the law.”

Military records show that Pendarvis Williams was in active duty status in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from December 3, 2002, through October 18, 2003. After his mobilization expired on October 18, 2003, he continued to fulfil his monthly National Guard duties until May 4, 2004. At that time, he was ordered to full-time National Guard duty in active guard reserve status. Neither of these positions were in support of the Global War on Terror. Despite his ineligibility for the program, he illicitly collected 111, $500 checks totaling $55,000.

On January 5, 2002, Philadelphia Mayor John F. Street signed an executive order to provide a special benefit of $500 for every month a city employee serving in active duty status supports Operation Enduring Freedom, the military response to the September 11th attacks.

Pendarvis Williams (date of birth: October 13, 1963) was hired by the Philadelphia Police Department on March 15, 1999, as a Civilian Police Communications Dispatcher Trainee. At the time of his arrest, Pendarvis Williams was no longer employed as a Police Communications Dispatcher.

The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office is the largest prosecutor’s office in Pennsylvania, and one of the largest in the nation. It serves the more than 1.5 million citizens of the City and County of Philadelphia, employing 600 lawyers, detectives and support staff. It is organized into seven divisions: Executive/Administration, Trials, Pre-Trial, Investigations, Juvenile, Law, and Special Operations. The District Attorney’s Office is responsible for prosecution of over 75,000 criminal cases annually. The main office of the Philadelphia District Attorney is located in Center City Philadelphia at The Widener Building, Three South Penn Square. The Juvenile Court and Child Support Unit are located at 1501 Arch Street, and the Private Criminal Complaint Unit is located at 1425 Arch Street. Additionally, the Charging Unit is staffed around the clock in The Widener Building.

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