Muslim Pa. Lawmaker Previously Offended by Christian Prayer Charged with Allegedly Stealing From Own Charity

Nick Kangadis | December 6, 2019
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Too many politicians are merely in it to push their activism and line their own pockets. Here’s what appears to be yet another case of “do as I say, not as I do.”

The same Muslim Pennsylvania state representative who, back in March, complained about being offended because of a Christian prayer that was given ahead of a session of the Philadelphia legislature has been charged for “allegedly stealing half a million dollars” from her own nonprofit organization that she set up.

The nonprofit organization, Motivations Education & Consultation Associates — with the totally unironic acronym MECA, was founded by Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell. Reportedly, the nonprofit was basically a charity, because it was “meant to collect donations to help homeless, seniors and children.”

According to The Blaze:

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said in a statement Thursday that Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell (D) had been charged with numerous charges of theft, perjury, and tampering[…]

He alleged that she spent the money on "vacations, designer clothing, luxury car payments, real estate purchases, past-due mortgage payments, and other personal expenses.”

Shapiro reportedly noted in a statement that Johnson-Harrell “turned herself in, had confessed to the crimes, and had agreed to leave the Pennsylvania legislature.”

However, Johnson-Harrell told the Associated Press (AP) that she’s disputing “many of the allegations” against her.

"I am saddened and dismayed by the nature of the allegations brought against me today,” Johnson-Harrell told the AP. “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.”

My only question from her “dispute” is that if you’re stealing from a charity for your own personal benefit, does it matter whether you were in office or not? I mean, you’re still stealing from a charity, even if you set that charity up.

If the allegations against Johnson-Harrell are true, besides theft, couldn’t she also be considered guilty of fraud?

The way Shapiro speaks about the case, it’s pretty clear cut.

“Her theft knew no bounds,” he said.

For local coverage of the scandal, watch below: