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November 19, 2014

Md. Sisters Charged With Stealing $1.4-Million From Nonprofits

Two Baltimore-area sisters were indicted Tuesday on separate charges of charity fraud, with one accused of embezzling more than $1.3-million from groups serving disadvantaged children and the homeless, The Baltimore Sun reports. Prosecutors said Sharon Harrison, 48, of Rosedale, Md., diverted funds from several federally funded nonprofits for which she worked as a bookkeeper from 2005 to 2014, including Between Friends, a children's charity founded by her sister, Kimberly Harrison.

Kimberly Harrison, 46, also of Rosedale, was charged with stealing more than $100,000 from Between Friends, which she ran from 2008 until June 2012, when she declared bankruptcy. The organization provided services and found foster homes for underprivileged kids. The sisters face up to 10 years in prison for each count of federal program theft. Kimberly Harrison was also charged with bankruptcy fraud.