State Rep. Accused Of Stealing Charitable Funds To Resign

Democrat Movita Johnson-Harrell is accused of using half a million dollars from her non-profit foundation

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December 04, 2019 - 2:01 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Charges announced today against a Pennsylvania state representative.

Movita Johnson-Harrell is accused of using half a million dollars from her non-profit foundation for lavish personal expenses.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro says Motivations Education & Consultation Associates (MECA) claimed to help disenfranchised populations in Philadelphia.

“But those laudable goals were far from achieved as MECA’s actual mission was to serve as a cash account for Johnson-Harrell’s own personal use,” said Shapiro.

The stolen funds include Medicaid payments for care homes that were not in operation. Shapiro says the representative turned herself in this morning, and will plead guilty and resign.

Johnson-Harrell won a special election this past March after the pervious Representative resigned after being convicted on bribery and corruption charges.

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