The grandson of the late state delegate Hattie Harrison has pleaded guilty to stealing $17,628 of her campaign funds, according to the Office of the State Prosecutor.
Philip Harrison II, 35 of Salisbury, was sentenced to five years with all but 15 days suspended and three years of supervised probation for felony theft, State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt said in a news release.
Harrison served as treasurer of the “Hattie N. Harrison for Delegate” campaign committee from July 2006 through November 2009.
Between August 2006 and August 2010, he wrote numerous unauthorized checks from the campaign account to himself and then-girlfriend now spouse Rehanna Singletary.
When he stepped down as treasurer, Harrison retained a campaign account checkbook and continued to write checks to himself and Singletary. The release said he paid for several Comcast and Verizon bills as well by forging the current treasurer’s name.
Harrison will additionally perform 200 hours of community service and must pay $17,628 in restitution.
Hattie Harrison died Jan. 28, 2013 at the age of 84. She served in the House of Delegates for 40 years.