The grandson of former State Del. Hattie Harrison, of Baltimore, pleaded guilty Thursday to felony theft of campaign funds.
Philip Harrison II, 35, of Salisbury, who was his grandmother's treasurer from 2006 to 2009, admitted to stealing $17,600 of campaign funds, according to the state prosecutor's office.
Anne Arundel Circuit Court Judge Paul A. Hackner sentenced Harrison to 15 days in jail, plus three years of supervised probation. Hackner ordered Harrison to perform 200 hours of community service and pay restitution of $17,600. Harrison has a suspended sentence of five years hanging over his head should he fail to comply with the terms of probation.
Harrison wrote "numerous unauthorized checks from the campaign account to himself and his then girlfriend and now spouse Rehanna Singletary," prosecutors said. After he was no longer treasurer, Harrison continued to use the campaign checkbook to write checks to himself and Singletary, including paying several Comcast and Verizon bills, prosecutors said.
"No candidate or campaign finance officer can possibly be unaware that campaign funds may not be converted to the personal use of a candidate or officer," State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt said. "Misuse or theft of campaign funds simply cannot be tolerated."
Del. Hattie Harrison, who was the longest-serving member of the House of Delegates, died last January at age 84.
She had represented East Baltimore's 45th District since 1973.