January 27, 2014: Philip Harrison II Press Release
For Immediate Release January 27, 2014
PHILIP HARRISON II, GRANDSON OF LATE STATE DELEGATE HATTIE HARRISON, CHARGED WITH FELONY THEFT OF CAMPAIGN FUNDS
State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt announced today that Philip Harrison, II, grandson of the late State Delegate Hattie Harrison, has been charged in the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County with felony theft, fraudulent misappropriation of campaign funds and a related election law violation. Mr. Harrison, who presently lives in Salisbury, Maryland, served as Treasurer of the “Hattie N. Harrison For Delegate” campaign committee from July of 2006 through November of 2009.
The charges allege that during that period, Mr. Harrison wrote numerous unauthorized checks from that campaign account to himself and his then girlfriend and now spouse Rehanna Singletary. After relinquishing his role as Treasurer, he retained a campaign account checkbook and continued until 2010 writing checks to himself and Ms. Singletary as well as paying several Comcast and Verizon bills by forging the present Treasurer’s name. The alleged theft totaled just over $17,600.
State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt stated: “Both candidates and campaign treasurers must recognize that misuse of campaign funds cannot be tolerated. We will continue to vigorously investigate and prosecute violations of Maryland campaign finance laws.”
Although charged, the Defendant is presumed innocent unless and until there is a conviction. If convicted of all charges, the Defendant could faces up to twenty-one years’ imprisonment and up to $40,000 in fines.