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Butkovitz: Police Advisory Commission Chief Investigator Focus of Investigation

For Immediate Release:      
Oct. 27, 2009 

Contact: Harvey Rice
215-686-6696

Butkovitz: Police Advisory Commission Chief Investigator Focus of Investigation
Findings include New Jersey residency & failure to include
 additional income on mandated financial disclosure forms

PHILADELPHIA – An investigation conducted by City Controller Alan Butkovitz’ Office has found the Chief Investigator for the Police Advisory Commission lives in New Jersey and failed to fully disclose all sources of outside income as required by city ethics laws. 

Wellington Stubbs II, a city employee since 2002 and the current Chief Investigator for the Police Advisory Commission under the Managing Director’s Office, was observed on 14 separate occasions by investigators at a residence owned by his wife in New Jersey.  While Stubbs claims to live at an address in the southwest section of Philadelphia, neither he nor the vehicle with New Jersey tags that he was observed driving on all occasions was ever seen at the Philadelphia residence.

Along with New Jersey tags, the vehicle was registered with having New Jersey insurance.  In addition to his own admission, other evidence of his residence status was uncovered including receipt of mail at the New Jersey residence as well as listing the New Jersey address on outside employment records.

In addition to the residency issue, Stubbs failed to list outside income on his city and state financial disclosure forms as required by law.  He was receiving additional income for the last seven years from an employer in New Jersey.

“All City employees are required to disclose all of their sources of income to the city and the state,” said Butkovitz.  “This employee not only failed to fully disclose all of his sources of income, he failed to file any financial disclosure forms for 2008.”

The investigation of Stubbs expanded into other possible fraudulent acts when it was discovered that after being employed by the City of Philadelphia for more than a year, he listed the New Jersey property as his primary residence on mortgage re-finance documents. Misrepresentations concerning occupancy of property as a borrower’s principle place of residence is a felony under federal law and is punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000,000 or imprisonment of not more than 30 years, or both.

The Controller’s Fraud and Special Investigations Unit has presented its findings to the Managing Director’s Office for further action.

The Controller's FSI Unit coordinates and conducts investigations in response to tips and other allegations that indicate fraud in city contracts or city revenue, alleged misconduct by city employees, worker injury abuse, enforcement of the residency requirement, and conflicting employment issues. If warranted, FSI findings are referred to the U.S. Attorney and/or the Office of the District Attorney for prosecution.

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