13 Plumbing Inspectors Indicted On Racketeering
According to the indictment, inspectors performed incomplete inspections or failed to inspect work at all, as well as allowed plumbers to complete work without required permits.
The bribes came $5 to $20 at a time. Netted payoffs for individual inspectors ranged from $845 to $33,000 a year since 1995, according to the indictment.
Those charged were given one count each of racketeering and 10 counts each of extortion. This incrimination comes as the latest in a string of public corruption cases in Philadelphia. In January, nearly 20 city officials were charged in an alleged bribery scandal that cost the city $2.1 million.