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Philadelphia cash-for-favors sting nets a fourth guilty plea, Rep. Michelle Brownlee


HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania — Pennsylvania state Rep. Michelle Brownlee has become the fourth elected official from Philadelphia to plead guilty in a cash-for-favors sting.

Brownlee pleaded guilty Monday in Dauphin County court to one count of violating Pennsylvania's conflict of interest law. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports (http://bit.ly/1MinzKz ) that she was sentenced to 18 months of probation and must resign immediately, but she won't automatically lose her state pension.

The 59-year-old Brownlee is accused of accepting $2,000 from an undercover informant posing as a lobbyist who was seeking to influence Brownlee's votes on behalf of nonexistent clients.

The charges are among those filed by Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams after Attorney General Kathleen Kane's office abandoned the case it inherited from the prior administration. Kane has criticized the case as too flawed to win convictions in court.

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