“How the f**k can you steal a house? This is . . . my uncle’s house.”
Four Philadelphia men, including a son of former Police Commissioner Sylvester M. Johnson, have been charged in an alleged house-stealing scheme involving 22 properties.
Steven Johnson, 49, a former SEPTA police lieutenant who later worked for the Sheriff’s Office, was charged with criminal conspiracy, forgery, and related offenses. Codefendants Zachary Stokes, 55; Oscar Ketter, 42; and Elhadi Ibrahim, 48, were charged with the same.
The District Attorney’s Office said all the men except Johnson were arrested Wednesday.
Every defendant was arrested except the former police commissioner’s son. Interesting.
Not to worry, District Attorney Seth “I Wanna Be Mayor” Williams is on the case.
A three-year investigation uncovered 22 cases of forged deeds recorded with the city that were used to transfer uninhabited properties, said a spokeswoman for [D.A.] Seth Williams.
The lawful owners of the properties were not aware of the transfers, and some complained to the District Attorney’s Office when they discovered what had happened.
People always want to lambast the Philadelphia Police Department for being corrupt. It amazes me when the charges are always levied against the rank and file officers, and rarely at the top brass, where it is most prevalent.