Rosedale sisters indicted in embezzling more than $1.3 million from city charities

Two sisters embezzled $1.3 million from city charities for the homeless and disadvantaged, prosecutors say.

A pair of Rosedale sisters were indicted Tuesday in separate embezzlement schemes, one of them charged with stealing more than $1.3 million intended for disadvantaged children and homeless people in Baltimore, prosecutors said.

Sharon Harrison, 48, is accused of embezzling $1.3 million while working as a bookkeeper for federally-funded city nonprofits — Jobs Housing & Recovery; Health, Education, Advocacy, Life; the Reservoir Hill Improvement Council; and Between Friends, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Maryland said.

Her sister, Kimberly Harrison, 46, is charged with stealing more than $100,000 from Between Friends, an organization she founded to help disadvantaged children find foster homes and provide them with services, and ran from 2008 until 2012, prosecutors said.

Jobs, Housing & Recovery and Health, Education, Advocacy, Life provide services for the homeless in Baltimore. The Reservoir Hill Improvement Council studies community needs and comes up with solutions for how to improve the neighborhood.

Kimberly Harrison's indictment alleges that she embezzled more then $100,000 from Between Friends before filing for bankruptcy in June 2012, prosecutors said. She is also accused of not disclosing $45,514 in personal checks and rent payments she received from the organization or a $31,000 Lexus RX350 she purchased less than a week before the bankruptcy filing, prosecutors said.

Sharon Harrison's indictment seeks the forfeiture of the $1,306,797.70 she is accused of taking from the organizations from 2005 to 2014, prosecutors said.

The sisters each face a maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison for each count of federal program theft. Kimberly Harrison, who is also charged with bankrupcy fraud, faces up to an additional five years if convicted.

No court appearances have been filed in either case in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, prosecutors said. Neither sister could be reached for comment Tuesday.

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