Movita Johnson-Harrell was a trailblazer, an icon, and a hero for equality for becoming the first Muslim female elected to the Pennsylvania State House earlier this year.
Now, she is disgraced, unemployed, and may face jail time after being forced to resign from her post following “brazen corruption,” as described by state Attorney General Josh Shapiro.
Johnson-Harrell handed herself over to Shapiro’s office and pleaded guilty on charges of embezzling over $500,000 in Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security disability funds as well as record tampering and perjury charges. She even embezzled funds given to the Motivations Education and Consultation Associates (MECA), a charity she created to help drug addicted and mentally ill minorities in her community.
Shapiro explained that “her theft knew no bounds.” Johnson-Harrell bought lavish fox furs, leased a Porsche, covered her utility bills, paid for her granddaughter to go to a private school, traveled to Mexico, and bankrolled her political campaign.