BALTIMORE, Md. - The grandson of the late state Del Hattie Harrison was charged with stealing from her campaign funds in order to pay bills and other expenses, according to the Office of the State Prosecutor.
Phillip Harrison II was charged Monday with felony theft, fraudulent misappropriation of campaign funds and a related election law violation, State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt said.
Harrison, who lives in Salisbury, served as treasurer of his grandmother's campaign committee from July 2006 to November 2009. According to the Office of the State Prosecutor, Phillip Harrison wrote numerous unauthorized checks from that campaign account to himself and his then-girlfriends and now spouse, Rehanna Singletary.
After stepping down as treasurer, Harrison retained a campaign account checkbook and continued until 2010 writing checks to himself and Singletary as well as paying several Comcast and Verizon bills by forging the present treasurer's name. The alleged theft totaled slightly more than $17,600, Davitt said.
Hattie Harrison died Jan. 28, 2013 at the age of 84. She served in the House of Delegates for 40 years.
"Both candidates and campaign treasurers must recognize that misuse of campaign funds cannot be tolerated," Davitt said in a statement. "We will continue too vigorously investigate and prosecute violations of Maryland campaign laws."
If convicted, Phillip Harrison could face up to 21 years in jail and a fine of up to $40,000.