Rep. J. P. Miranda (D-Philadelphia) is facing three felony charges in a Philadelphia political corruption case.
Miranda and his sister Michelle Wilson are charged with perjury, conflict of interest, and conspiracy. Miranda was taken into custody earlier today.
Williams said Miranda tried to hire his sister as his legislative chief of staff in December, 2012.
First reported today by Chris Brennan of the Philadelphia Daily News, the District Attorney’s office was also investigating a “ghost employee” in Miranda’s North Philadelphia office.
Jeff Cole of My Fox Philly followed the alleged ghost employee, Timothy Duckett, for ten days. He was not in the North Philadelphia office for nine of those days.
Duckett was paid $36,000 per year as a full-time legislative assistant.
“When you have employees that are working somewhere else while they’re drawing a salary, that’s just fundamentally wrong. It could include fraud. It could be theft,” District Attorney Seth Williams told My Fox Philly.
Williams held a press conference at 12:30pm to confirm this morning’s rumors.
Miranda is a freshman legislator, winning his seat in 2012 after Jewell Williams retired. He won 95% of the general election vote. Miranda previously worked for City Council President Darrell Clarke, state Sen. Shirley Kitchen and Mayor Nutter.