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State Representative J.P. Miranda of Philadelphia ARRESTED 197th Legislative Dist

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PHILADELPHIA - January 27, 2014 (WPVI) -- Authorities say a Pennsylvania lawmaker from Philadelphia, and his sister, have been charged in a ghost-worker plot involving his district office.

Rep. Jose "J.P." Miranda, a 34-year-old Democrat who represents the Germantown section of Philadelphia, and his sister are both facing felony charges.

At a news conference on Monday afternoon, District Attorney Seth Williams said the investigation began after a local news story alleged an employee of Miranda, named in the indictment as Timothy Duckett, was being paid as a 'ghost worker.'

Duckett's hiring came, Williams said, after Miranda tried to hire his sister, Michelle Wilson, 28, as his legislative chief of staff in December, 2012.

When Miranda learned that nepotism rules prevent him from hiring a family member, Williams said Miranda hired Duckett with the understanding he would have to do little work and some of the money would be funneled to Wilson.

Miranda and Wilson will be charged with three felonies: conflict of interest, conspiracy to commit conflict of interest and perjury for allegedly lying to the grand jury, Williams said.

Duckett is not being charged and is cooperating with the investigation, authorities said.

Miranda was elected in 2012 and represents the 197th Legislative District.

"For a long time it appeared that these types of cases would not be investigated nor prosecuted, but that is no longer the case. We will no longer abdicate our responsibility to investigate and prosecute corruption to other authorities," Williams said at the news conference.

Williams said Miranda and Wilson are expected to surrender to authorities in the next few days.

Remember him he was a big FL gun permit loophole pusher!

Quote:As for his other issues, Miranda noted that the Florida gun-permit loophole is of major interest since "criminals are very informed. They know all they need is a money order and they got it. We can make an impact, make sure that people who have no business having a gun don't."
IIIIIREPOIIIII, proud to be a member of since Jan 2014.
He would get re-elected in a heartbeat if he ran. I hope they read him his Miranda rights.
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spblademaker;133043 Wrote:He would get re-elected in a heartbeat if he ran.

you lose your right to vote and to own a gun if convicted of a felony right? Why wouldn't it also be a law to not be able to run for any public office as well. well, i know why... but it should be a law.
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