Rosedale Woman Pleads Guilty to Embezzling from Non-Profit Organization She Founded
BALTIMORE, MD—Kimberly Harrison, age 46, of Rosedale, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to embezzling funds from a federally funded non-profit organization she founded. She also admitted committing bankruptcy fraud.
The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Kevin Perkins of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Special Agent in Charge Cary A. Rubenstein of the Housing and Urban Development Office of Inspector General; and Robert H. Pearre, Jr., Inspector General, City of Baltimore Office of Inspector General.
According to her plea agreement, Kimberly Harrison embezzled over $100,000 from Between Friends, which she founded and operated from 2008 to 2012, including $60,264 which she stole from September 2011 to September 2012. Between Friends assisted disadvantaged children to find foster homes and provided services to the children and their foster families. Kimberly Harrison also admitted that when she filed for bankruptcy on June 28, 2012, she did not disclose the approximately $45,514 she had received from Between Friends, Inc., in the form of both checks made payable to Harrison directly, and checks made payable to her landlord for Harrison’s monthly rent payments, from June 2011 until the filing of her petition. Harrison also failed to list as an asset a 2009 Lexus RX350 that she purchased for $31,037.88 on June 23, 2012, just five days prior to filing her petition.
As part of her plea agreement, Harrison will be required to pay restitution of $104,432.11, the total amount she embezzled from Between Friends.
Kimberly Harrison faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for federal program theft. U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz has scheduled sentencing for November 19, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.
Kimberly Harrison’s sister, Sharon Harrison, age 48, also of Rosedale, was recently sentenced to three years in prison for embezzling from four non-profit organizations for which she worked, including Between Friends. Sharon Harrison was also ordered to pay restitution of $1,306,797.70, the total amount that she embezzled.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the FBI, HUD-OIG and Baltimore Office of Inspector General, for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorney Leo J. Wise, who is prosecuting the case.