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    FILE- In this Jan. 9, 2018 file photo, Movita Johnson-Harrell, Interim Supervisor of Victim Services, looks on after getting introduced, during a press conference at the District Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia. Johnson-Harrell, a former state representative, faces three months in a Philadelphia jail after pleading guilty Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, to charges she took money from a charity she established for the needy and spent it on vacations, clothing and other personal needs. (Jose F. Moreno/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, File)

Published January 23. 2020 01:48PM

A former state representative faces three months in the Philadelphia jail after pleading guilty Thursday to charges she took money from a charity she established for the needy and spent it on vacations, clothing and other personal needs.

Former Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell entered the pleas in Philadelphia, more than a month after she resigned in the wake of charges from the state attorney general’s office.

Johnson-Harrell, 53, was also sentenced to 8 1/2 months of house arrest and must repay the nonprofit. She will turn over real estate that will be sold to help pay the restitution.

The organization, Motivations Education and Consultation Associates, aims to help the homeless, seniors, children and people with mental health or substance abuse challenges, among others.

Johnson-Harrell, a west Philadelphia Democrat, won a special election last year for the House seat that had become vacant when her predecessor, Vanessa Lowery Brown, was sentenced to probation on a bribery conviction.

“Movita is an exceptional woman who will serve her sentence, and then return to her mission of advocacy,” her attorney, Jessica Natali, said in a written statement.

She pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges related to campaign and state financial reports and guilty to felony theft and perjury.

“This Philadelphia community would have been in a better place had this former public official invested MECA’s money into the people who needed the care she promised,” Attorney General Shapiro said in a statement.

Johnson-Harrell was the first Muslim woman to serve in the state House, campaigning on a platform of ending gun violence, and had worked in the victim and witness services unit of the Philadelphia district attorney’s office.

A judge set her surrender date for Feb. 6, according to the online docket.

A special election to fill her seat is scheduled for Feb. 25.

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She'll serve her sentence, and run for office again, and the Democrats will elect her.
They'll vote in a baloney sandwich, if it has a "D" in front of it.
Please be consistent with your outrage around misuse of charity monies. Please comment on this:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_J._Trump_Foundation
Yes, Trump stole several million, Harrell stole several thousand. Is that what you were referring to? If not please do tell.

And please include whether you support the way Donald and kids used the funds in the foundation. Specifically address the use of money that was supposed to go to 9/11 survivors being used to purchase portraits of trump as well as vacations for the trump family
If something was corrupt about the foundation, it would have been included in one of the many, many impeachment attempts. The difference between these two stories is one was found to be against the law, the other...
What do I know about such things. It still doesn't matter to me, who cares? Well, if it's a matter of national security, and it isn't, then I'd care.
The only way to stop him is to impeach him, and that's not going well. If the hatred continues, his well being could be jeopardized. I think of the Bernie supporter and the baseball practice. But the hatred of Trump is so revved up, it doesn't seem far fetched. The scumbags like Maxine Waters, Shifty Schiff, Pelosi, and many others, would giggle inside. Sick Reprobates that they are.
So you think it is perfectly fine to divert money for the children of 9/11 victims and first responders still suffering medical issues to pay for paintings, trump family trips and campaign expenses?
I have seen no report that verifies what you are accusing him of.
It's not an issue with me.
I like that he had a change of heart, he evolved on his stance for abortion.
Trump was the first US President to attend the March For life rally. While many baby killers gathered in the chamber to try and rid us of a duly elected President, that said President was rallying to protect the lives of the unborn. What's more important than that? Hello?
You should listen to his speech from today.
I provided the reference to what I said. Read the Wikipedia post and click on the references, especially the N.Y. attorney general reports. No problem with going on vacation with funds donated to 9/11 orphans? Hmmm

If you want to talk about evolving views, look at evangelical’s views on abortion. Before FalwellReagan made it a cultural and racial battle, evangelicals supported abortion rights. Why wouldn’t they, the Bible supports abortion and even directs how to cause an abortion of a fetus conceived through adultery. Abortion was common in the Roman Empire yet Jesus never mentions it. Jewish law did not consider causing an abortion murder because life didn’t start until first breath. And that census Joseph and Mary travelled for? It only counted children older than a month.

The fact is evangelicals got manipulated by politicians to be one issue voters on an issue they never cared about until the late 70’s.
Book of numbers Mike. Give the unfaithful wife poison to cause abortion. Not to mention the consequence for murder was execution. But if you strike a pregnant woman causing miscarriage the consequence is not death. Seems clear they didn’t see abortion as murder

Evangelicals only started to see abortion as an issue when Latino immigration Became more widespread and they had large families. White Evangelicals became concerned their birth rates were too low to maintain dominance.
Never saw that Joe. The word abort is not in there, and the only translation that comes close is NIV (miscarriage). That's old testament Moses Laws. I am a follower of The Way.
You twist things like Diablo. You claim to be a teacher of the Bible? What is your goal? For what reason, and of what spirit do you teach?
Again, you are bent.
Oh causing a miscarriage intentionally isn’t abortion?

Ok since you don’t use the Old Testament we don’t have to hear about the verse in the book of Jeremiah. Kindly tell me where Jesus addresses abortion. Abortion was widespread then, surely worth his time if he thought it was important right?
My goal is to point out that politicians manipulate evangelicals. Here you have a “man” who panders to Christians but everything about him is the antithesis of Jesus. How many marches for life did he attend prior to wanting your vote mike? How many prolife causes did he contribute to or promote using his very high profile before he needed your vote? Maybe this isn’t an indication of his faith since all evidence points to Jesus being pro-choice
Joe, I am currently reading "A Very Stable Genius"....it gives details by people on the inside who were on his team.......it is very clear to me, the man is for sure, wicked crazy. And I am not trying to be funny.
The polls were right, they had Clinton winning the popular vote.

How do you think the families of the 8 servicemen hospitalized for traumatic brain injuries from the Iranian strike at Walter Reed feel about trump blowing off their sacrifice as headaches? Is that as bad as bone spurs?
You keep telling yourself that Joe.
Don't go by polls when talking about Trump. There are many who will not admit to voting for the orange face. There are people who's lives were turned upside down for wearing one of Trump's hats. Are you proud of that? Bullying is OK if you're a socialist Democrat?
By the way, we don't elect through popular vote. But probably, you folks want to change that. Not going to happen. That will bring about the civil war.
Yes it is not socially acceptable in educated and moral circles to support trump. The polls measure the popular vote, and they were right.

Are you ok with minimizing soldiers with serious TBI needing weeks of hospitalization as having “just headaches”?
I'm thankful you don't represent me on the world stage.
As for Trump, he'll never bring approval from your clan (whatever that clan is).
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