State lawmaker Jose Miranda charged in ghost-work plot

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 27, 2014 12:48 PM

 (Philadelphia) -- A Philadelphia state lawmaker has been charged with funneling pay to his sister through a ghost worker because she couldn't be on his payroll.      

Authorities say state Rep. Jose ``J.P.'' Miranda hired a ghost worker who gave part of his $36,000 salary to the sister.

The 34-year-old Miranda and his 28-year-old sister, Michelle Wilson, face perjury, criminal conspiracy and conflict-of-interest charges. 

They are expected to surrender to authorities by tomorrow morning. 

The indictment says Wilson worked at the office, but had to be kept off the payroll because of state ethics rules.

Ghost worker Timothy Duckett allegedly spent his days at an auto body shop.

District Attorney Seth Williams says Duckett is cooperating and won't be charged. 

It was not clear if Miranda and Wilson have lawyers.

This story was updated at 1:49 p.m. on 1/27/14

(Philadelphia) -- Authorities say a state lawmaker and his sister have been charged in a ghost-worker plot involving his district office. 

They say first-term Democrat Rep. Jose ``J.P.'' Miranda of Philadelphia wanted to hire his sister for his district office, but was told he could not. 

Prosecutors say he instead funneled pay to his sister, Michelle Wilson, through a no-show employee hired to run the North Philadelphia office.  

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams says the third person was told to funnel some of the pay to Wilson. 

It was not immediately clear if the 34-year-old Miranda or his 28-year-old sister have lawyers. 

Williams says the grand-jury investigation follows a May investigative report on WTXF-TV, a Philadelphia Fox news station.

The felony charges include perjury, criminal conspiracy and conflict of interest.

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