Pennsylvania Lawmaker Charged of Ghost-Employee Scam

Monday, 27 Jan 2014 04:13 PM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
A Pennsylvania state representative was accused on Monday of a so-called ghost employee scam, in which he allegedly hired a no-show worker in order to funnel money to his sister.

Democratic state Rep. Jose Miranda and his sister Michelle Wilson each are charged with criminal conspiracy, perjury and conflict of interest, according to the office of Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams.

Miranda allegedly hired an auto repair-shop worker as a legislative assistant to secretly funnel the job's salary to Miranda's sister, the DA's office said. The job pays $36,000 a year.

The ghost employee, Timothy Duckett, was hired in December 2012 after Miranda's attempt to hire his sister outright was thwarted, the district attorney said.

House Democrats informed Miranda he could not hire a family member, Williams said.

Miranda was first elected in November 2012 to represent the 197th state House district in north Philadelphia.

"The alleged conduct is very disappointing," House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody said in a statement. "Legislators hold a position of trust and are held to a high standard under the law. We take any report of criminal or ethical violations very seriously."

The investigation began in May 2013, when a local television station showed footage of Duckett working at an auto repair shop on days he was supposed to be working in Miranda's office, the district attorney said.

A report by the grand jury that heard the case and brought the charges said Miranda told Duckett he would not have to work 40 hours per week. It said the employee testified to regularly driving the lawmaker to the state capitol of Harrisburg and elsewhere.

The grand jury report included a list of cash payments, each of a few hundred dollars, that the Duckett paid or was told to pay to Wilson and Miranda from February to April of last year.

Miranda and his sister were expected to turn themselves in to authorities on Tuesday morning.

Duckett cooperated with the investigation and was not charged, the district attorney said.

© 2014 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

PETA Paying Overdue Detroit Water Bills for People Who Go Vegan

Friday, 25 Jul 2014 21:37 PM

Amid angry protests over Detroit's effort to shut off delinquent water customers, People for the Ethical Treatment of An . . .

Wiki Blocks House Staffers After 'Disruptive' Edits

Friday, 25 Jul 2014 21:33 PM

The user-generated Web encyclopedia Wikipedia has blocked anonymous edits from some House staffers and lawmakers for 10  . . .

McCain: Arizona Execution Was Torture

Friday, 25 Jul 2014 20:09 PM

Sen. John McCain said he supports capital punishment for certain crimes but felt Wednesday's execution of Joseph Rudolph . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved