By Mike Dunn

By Mike Dunn

PHILADELPHIA (CBS)  —  The Nutter administration is suing the former sheriff of Philadelphia and others, to recover money that officials believe was improperly paid to vendors hired by the sheriff.

Attorneys for the city have filed suit against John Green, who served as Philadelphia sheriff from 1998 until 2010, along with other former employees and two private firms that had been hired by the city.

The suit is the result of a forensic audit of the Sheriff’s office conducted by city controller Alan Butkovitz.

That audit uncovered evidence that Green allowed a political contributor and the contributor’s consulting business to have  in the Controller’s words,  “unsupervised access to millions of dollars.”

Butkovitz later turned over the audit results to federal investigators.

The city’s lawsuit is a civil action that seeks to recover the money involved, as well as damages.

Green’s attorney, Peter Scuderi, said he had not yet seen the suit and could not comment.

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