Accused Philly Rep Misses Court Date

Arrest warrant was issued for J.P. Miranda.

State Rep. J.P. Miranda, accused of creating a “ghost employee”  in his state office to divert money to his sister, was the subject of an arrest warrant on Tuesday after missing a court date in the matter.

CBS Philly reports:

But defense lawyer Charles Peruto Jr. says it was a mix-up with his office.

Peruto says at 9:30 this morning, while waiting for the hearing to begin, he texted Miranda and found out the defendant was in Harrisburg.

Peruto says Miranda raced back to Philadelphia and showed up just before noon, at which time the court clerk told him to appear first thing Wednesday morning and the bench warrant would be rescinded.

Miranda represents North Philadelphia in the Pennsylvania House. He was charged in the case in January.