Lawmaker who secretly pleaded guilty to felony to step down

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 16, 2016 2:46 PM

(Harrisburg) -- A Pennsylvania state lawmaker who secretly pleaded guilty to a federal money laundering charge will resign after months of resisting pressure to step down.

Democratic Rep. Leslie Acosta of Philadelphia notified House officials Friday of her resignation effective after Jan. 3.

Acosta pleaded guilty in March to a felony charge of conspiracy to commit money laundering. But the plea agreement was placed under seal, as was the case brought against her.

In September, a federal judge unsealed a document confirming her guilty plea, after The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote about the case. She admitted aiding a scheme to embezzle hundreds of thousands of dollars from a publicly-funded mental health clinic where she once worked.

Acosta was re-elected last month, running unopposed. Under state law, she'd have to leave office upon sentencing.

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