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Movita Johnson-Harrell, PA State Rep., Stole $500,000 From Her Nonprofit to Pay for Porsche, Fur Coats: AG

A Pennsylvania state representative has been charged with stealing over $500,000 from a nonprofit she founded to pay for her vacations, online shopping sprees, and a Porsche, prosecutors announced Wednesday. 

Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell, a Democrat representing a West Philadelphia district, was charged with several counts—including theft, perjury, and tampering with public records—for allegedly stealing thousands from Motivations Education and Consultation (MECA) by diverting money meant for Medicare and Social Security disability funds, the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office said. 

“When corruption erodes the trust that is built between governmental entities and citizens, no one wins,” Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said in a press 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.”