Ghost Employee Working for Senate?

Michigan democratic Sen. Bert Johnson was indicted by a federal grand jury in Detroit Tuesday on charges of conspiracy and theft from a federal program. He’s accused of paying a “ghost employee” who didn’t work for the Senate. He’s looking at one five-year felony and one ten-year felony according to federal officials. According to the indictment, the 43-year-old Johnson asked a cooperating witness for a $10,000 loan in October 2013 and later sought to repay the loan by unlawfully placing the woman on his Senate payroll. There is some speculation that woman is Glynis Thornton, a vendor who earlier pleaded guilty to paying kickbacks to a Detroit school principal in an earlier major corruption investigation at Detroit Public Schools and the Education Achievement Authority. No arraignment date has been set