Muslim state Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell (D-Pa.) faces charges of theft, perjury, tampering and others, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Dec. 4.
The investigation proved that Johnson-Harrell used more than $500,000 in personal expenses from a nonprofit association dedicated to helping children, the homeless, and seniors.
“When corruption erodes the trust that is built between governmental entities and citizens, no one wins,” the attorney general said.
“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 added.
The report notes that the defendant spent money from Motivations Education & Consultation Associates (MECA) on Ralph Lauren brand clothing and fox fur coats. She took luxurious trips to Mexico, Orlando, Georgia, and Maryland.
“She spent $2,000 on overdue car payments on her Porsche. Another $4,000 on tuition for a relative. And, she spent almost $20,000 on overdue mortgage payments,” Shapiro said.
Shapiro said Johnson-Harrell , who turned herself in on Dec. 4, took responsibility for her crimes, plans to plead guilty and will resign from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Dec. 13, according to the attorney general’s page.
In March, Johnson-Harrell made a scandal by shouting “objection” in the middle of a prayer led by Republican Rep. Stephanie Borowicz on the day of her inauguration before the House of Representatives, because she felt “politically attacked” by the prayer, according to Politics Pa.
Dr. Robert B. Sklaroff tweeted a reply to the protests of Johnson-Harrell.
“Those who attack this prayer are attempting to undermine speech-freedom due to personal motivations; it wasn’t Islamophobic [neither by implication nor by inference] and, thus, the political motives of the DEMS should be targeted,” Sklaroff wrote.