Pa. lawmaker to plead guilty in corruption case

 State Sen. LeAnna Washington, D-Philadelphia (Alex Brandon/AP Photo, file)

State Sen. LeAnna Washington, D-Philadelphia (Alex Brandon/AP Photo, file)

Pennsylvania state Sen. Leanna Washington is agreeing to plead guilty in a case in which prosecutors accused her of using her elected office for political and financial gain.

Washington’s lawyer told a Montgomery County judge on Friday that she’ll plead guilty, although exact terms of the plea have yet to be finalized. A hearing is to be scheduled for next week.

The charges against the 69-year-old Democrat include one count each of theft of services and conflict of interest, both felonies.

Washington’s district includes portions of Philadelphia and Montgomery County. She lost her re-election bid in the May 20 primary.

She was accused in March of having used her taxpayer-paid staff to perform political activities, such as arranging an annual fundraiser on her birthday every year.

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