- Associated Press - Friday, December 18, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A former Philadelphia sheriff has been charged with taking bribes in an alleged pay-to-play scheme involving home foreclosures.

The federal indictment unsealed Friday accuses ex-Sheriff John Green of taking bribes and illegal campaign contributions from businessman John Davis of Wyncote.

Prosecutors say Davis contributed more than $200,000 to Green’s 2007 campaign and gave him another $300,000 to in gifts and loans for his Florida retirement home.

They say Green in exchange steered foreclosure contracts to Davis’ advertising and title companies.

Both men are charged with honest services fraud and conspiracy. Davis is also charged with tax violations.

Green pleaded not guilty at a brief hearing Friday. His lawyer did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

A working number for Davis or his firms could not immediately be determined and no lawyer is listed in court records.

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