Document: Legislator pleaded guilty to felony 6 months ago

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A federal judge has unsealed a document showing that a state lawmaker from Philadelphia secretly pleaded guilty six months ago to a money laundering charge.

The unsealed document appeared Wednesday on the court docket of Democratic Rep. Leslie Acosta.

Acosta pleaded guilty in March In U.S. District Court in Philadelphia 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 last November.

She admitted aiding a scheme to embezzle hundreds of thousands of dollars from a publicly funded mental health clinic where she once worked.

Acosta is running unopposed for a second term. Her lawyer has said she won’t resign despite Democratic Party pressure to step down and take her name off the ballot.

Under state law she’d have to leave office upon sentencing.

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