Pennsylvania Democrat Charged With Stealing $500K From Mental Health Charity

Pennsylvania State Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell is in deep trouble.

She is accused of stealing half a million dollars from a charity – her own charity – which was meant to help people with mental illness.

And it’s not like she even took the money for something important. She spent it on luxury items for herself.

Now she is facing jail time.

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The Washington Examiner reports:

Pennsylvania Democrat charged with stealing more than $500,000 from mental illness charity

A Pennsylvania state representative is accused of taking money from her own nonprofit and spending it on luxury expenses.

Democratic Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell, who founded Motivations Education & Consultation Associates, allegedly diverted Medicaid and Social Security disability funds from the nonprofit and spent them on designer clothing, vacations, luxury car payments, real estate purchases, and other personal expenses, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced in a press release on Wednesday.

The nonprofit was created by Johnson-Harrell, who was the first Muslim woman to serve in the House, in order to help people suffering from intellectual disabilities, chronic mental illness, and substance abuse issues. It also benefited the homeless, children, and elderly people…

Some of the spending allegedly included $20,000 in overdue mortgage payments, $2,000 on overdue payments for a Porsche, and $15,000 on clothing items like fox fur coats and garments from designer Ralph Lauren.

Here’s a local video report:

The Hill has more:

The charges include theft by unlawful taking, theft by deception, perjury, tampering with public records and reporting by candidates and political committees.

“When corruption erodes the trust that is built between governmental entities and citizens, no one wins,” Shapiro said in the release. “I’ve said time and time again as Attorney General that no one is above the law, no matter their position of power. And today is no different.”

Shapiro said Johnson-Harrell turned herself in Wednesday morning and plans to plead guilty. He said the Democrat has agreed to resign from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives effective Dec. 13.

Johnson-Harrell released a statement to The Associated Press through her lawyers, in which she denied some of the allegations.

She made some very bad decisions.

Now it looks like she is going to pay for them.

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