- Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A former Democratic state lawmaker from Philadelphia and his sister are on probation after pleading guilty in a scheme to have her work secretly in his district office.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported (https://bit.ly/1CVvH1G ) J.P. Miranda and Michelle Wilson apologized to a judge Thursday.

Miranda is getting five years of probation for conflict of interest and lying to a grand jury. Wilson’s probation sentence for lying to the grand jury is two years.

The paper says both defendants’ attorneys described them as naive outsiders to politics.

It says Miranda told a legislative assistant not to work a 40-hour week and give part of his salary to Wilson. Anti-nepotism rules prevented him from hiring her.

The paper says the assistant testified he gave $1,700 to Wilson before refusing to continue the practice.

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Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, https://www.inquirer.com

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