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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.

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  Read the Rest…

January 27, 2014: Philip Harrison II Indictment

STATE            OF                                           *          IN THE

 

MARYLAND                                                            *          CIRCUIT COURT

 

            V.                                                        *          FOR

 

PHILIP  HARRISON, II                               *          ANNE ARUNDEL

 

                                                                        *          COUNTY

 

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INDICTMENT

 

The grand jurors of the State of Maryland for the body of Anne Arundel County do on their oath present that

COUNT 1

 

PHILIP HARRISON, II

                                                           

From on or about August 23, 2006 and through and including on or about August 1, 2010, at Anne Arundel County aforesaid, pursuant to a common scheme and  continuing course of conduct, did steal money having a value exceeding TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS ($10, 000. 00), but less than ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS ($100, 000. 00), property of the campaign finance entity “Hattie N. Harrison for Delegate”, to wit: being then and there the duly appointed Treasurer of the campaign finance entity “Hattie N. Harrison for Delegate” from  July 3, 2006 through November 10, 2009, and having signature authority over the bank account of that entity and then retaining a campaign checkbook from November 10, 2009 through August 1, 2010, after resigning the position of Treasurer, did willfully and knowingly exert unauthorized control over the funds of “Hattie N. Harrison for Delegate” by writing several checks payable to himself and Rehanna Singletary and cashing same checks totaling approximately $17, 628.00 for his personal use and benefit, in violation of Section § 7-104 of the Criminal Law Article, Annotated Code of Maryland and against the peace, government and dignity of the State.

(Theft over $10,000.00, Criminal Law Article, § 7-104)

 

 

                                                              COUNT II

 

And the jurors aforesaid upon their oath aforesaid do further present that the said

 

                                                PHILIP HARRISON, II

 

From  on or about August 23, 2006 and through and including on or about June 1, 2009, at Anne Arundel County aforesaid, being then and there the duly appointed Treasurer of the campaign finance entity “Hattie N. Harrison for Delegate”, a responsible officer of said committee charged with the fiduciary duty to ensure that the expenditures of the committee were made only for campaign purposes, in violation of said fiduciary duty, did fraudulently and willfully appropriate  money, to wit: approximately $10,810.00, held by him in a fiduciary capacity for the benefit of “Hattie N. Harrison for Delegate”, to his personal  use and benefit, contrary to the trust reposed in him, in violation of Section 7-113 of the Criminal Law Article, Annotated Code Of Maryland and against the peace, government and dignity of the State.

(Fraudulent Misappropriation by a Fiduciary, Criminal Law Article 7-113)

 

COUNT III

 

And the jurors aforesaid upon their oath aforesaid do further present that the said

 

                                                PHILIP HARRISON, II

                                                           

From on or about August, 23, 2006 and through and including on or about June 1, 2009, at Anne Arundel County aforesaid, being then and there the duly appointed  Treasurer of the campaign finance entity “Hattie N. Harrison for Delegate”, did knowingly and willfully make disbursements from the designated campaign fund account of “Hattie N. Harrison for Delegate” for expenses not in accordance with the purposes of the entity, to wit: wrote several checks to himself and Rehanna Singletary totaling approximately $10, 810. for his personal use and benefit, in  violation of § 13-218(b)(1)(ii) of the Election Law Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland and against the peace, government and dignity of the State.

(Unlawful Disbursement, Election Law Article § 13-218(b)(1)(ii))

 

 

 

 

 

 

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                                                                         EMMET C. DAVITT

                                                                        STATE PROSECUTOR

                                                                        Office of the State Prosecutor

                                                                        Suite 410, Hampton Plaza

                                                                        300 E. Joppa Road

                                                                        Towson, Maryland 21286

                                                                        (410) 321-4067

STATE            OF                                           *          IN THE   MARYLAND                                                            *          CIRCUIT COURT               V.                                                        *          FOR   PHILIP  HARRISON, II                               *          ANNE ARUNDEL                                                                           *          COUNTY   ************************************************************************ INDICTMENT   The grand jurors of the State of Maryland for the body of Anne Arundel County do on their oath present that COUNT 1    Read the Rest…

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