Former Pennsylvania House of Representative Movita Johnson-Harrell has resigned from office after being accused of using funds for personal items from a non-profit she created to help people struggling with addiction, poverty and mental illness. She founded the non-profit MECA (Motivations, Education & Consultation Associates), after losing four family members to gun violence.
Johnson-Harrell is alleged to have spent more than half a million dollars from the charity’s bank accounts to pay for vacations, private school tuition, designer clothes, matching furs for her and her husband, and a luxury car. She also funneled money from the account into her state representative campaign. The disgraced politician took money from her clients’ government benefits, which the non-profit controlled to provide housing, and then covered it up by falsifying her personal financial records, those of the non-profit and her campaign.
Attorney General Josh Shapiro claims that Johnson-Harrell committed tax fraud when she failed to report her MECA spending as income. In addition to making direct transfers to her bank account, Johnson-Harrell wrote numerous checks made out to ‘cash’ whenever she needed extra money. She is currently awaiting trial.