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August 16, 2016

Report: Philadelphia D.A. Seth Williams discloses more than $160K in gifts

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams reportedly received $160,050 in previously undisclosed gifts over a five-year stretch.

On Monday, Williams released the information that included both personal and professional gifts between 2010 and 2015, according to

Williams took office on Jan. 4, 2010.

The city's Ethics Code requires certain public officials to file annual financial disclosure forms.

A gift is defined by Philadelphia Code as a "payment, subscription, advance, forbearance, rendering or deposit of money, services or anything of value given to, or for the benefit of, an officer or employee, unless consideration of equal or greater value is received."

Political contributions are not considered gifts, but are also required to be reported.

According to the report, Williams accepted cash, gift cards, airfare, lodging, electronic devices and sporting event tickets.

The most expensive gift disclosed was a roof repair on Williams' house, valued at $45,000

Williams did not comment on the report, but his campaign alluded to "the need for greater transparency."

An attorney for Williams called the omission "a terrible mistake."

Williams will seek reelection in 2017.

Read the full report on