After a property is sold, settled and all liabilities and debts have been paid and recorded, a defendant (the owner of record at the time the court ordered the sale) may recover any excess balance remaining on the account through the Sheriff’s Defendant Asset Recovery Team also known as DART.
A New Commitment
In previous administrations most of these excess funds were never returned to the defendants. Sheriff Jewell Williams made it a priority when he took office in 2012 to search out those owed money by beefing the efforts of the DART unit. Under his leadership the DART unit has been more aggressive in validating which defendants are eligible to receive a DART payment and connecting with those individuals to put a check in their hands.
In the interactive chart to the left, you can hover over it with your cursor to see how much money DART has returned since Sheriff Williams has taken office. The team is on track this year to outpace each of the last three years!
Helping Real People
The success of this program is having a real impact on real people. In April 2015, Sheriff Jewell Williams presented a check to Thelma Denise Peake, whose organization West Philadelphia on the Move, Inc. received over $40,000 from the sale of two properties it owned, which pushed DART over a record-breaking $1 million in returned funds for the quarter. The money, said Peake, will go “back into the community to continue fighting for a better West Philadelphia.”