A Pennsylvania lawmaker has been charged with stealing from a nonprofit benefiting the mentally ill, an organization she founded, The Hill reports.
State Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell (D) allegedly spent over $500,000 from Motivations Education and Consultation Associates on personal expenses, including vacations, designer clothing, luxury car payments, real estate purchases, and past-due mortgage payments.
The allegations, revealed earlier this week by Pennsylvania State Attorney General Josh Shapiro, accused her of diverting Medicaid and Social Security disability funds from her charity.
She then took those funds from the charity, which aims to help those living with chronic mental illness, intellectual disabilities and substance abuse disorders, and spent them for her own personal use.
Johnson-Harrell issued the following statement to the Associated Press in response: “I am saddened and dismayed by the nature of the allegations brought against me today,” she said. “I vigorously dispute many of these allegations, which generally pertain to before I took office and I intend to accept responsibility for any actions that were inappropriate.”
She has reportedly agreed to resign.