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  Pennsylvania state rep accused of stealing $500k from her charity for fur coats, vacation and campaign resigns
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Dec 15, 2019 12:45pm
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AuthorDevan Cole
News DateSaturday, December 7, 2019 01:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionWashington (CNN)A Pennsylvania state lawmaker said this week that she plans to resign after prosecutors announced a number of corruption charges against her, alleging she used $500,000 from her own charity to fund a slew of personal expenses -- including fur coats, vacations and her campaign.

Pennsylvania state Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell, a Democrat, was charged Wednesday with eight crimes connected to the scandal, including theft, perjury and record tampering.

Prosecutors say she spent years siphoning the money from her charity, Motivations Education & Consultation Associates, which was created to "serve the mentally ill and drug-addicted poor," in order to enrich herself.

In a letter sent Thursday to Pennsylvania House Speaker Mike Turzai and provided to CNN, Johnson-Harrell said she plans to resign from the body effective December 13 and defend herself against the accusations.

"While I dispute many of the allegations lodged against me, I accept responsibility for some missteps made before I became an elected official," she wrote, adding that she will "survive these charges."
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