New criminal charges against former Harrisburg Treasurer John Campbell

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HARRISBURG, PA (WPMT) Former Harrisburg City Treasurer John Campbell faces new criminal charges of Dealing in Proceeds of Unlawful Activities and Theft by Unlawful Taking.  The crimes allegedly happen between April 2013 and May 2014 while Campbell was serving as the Executive Director of the Historic Association, a Harrisburg non-profit.

Investigators say Campbell made 19 electronic unauthorized money transfers from accounts owned by HHA to his personal accounts totaling about $11,841.22.  13 of the transactions were cash advances from HHA’s credit card into HHA’s PayPal electronic bank account, where it was then transferred to Campbell’s personal PayPal and then transferred into Campbell’s personal banking account for his own use.

The remaining six accounts involved direct payments from HHA’s credit card into Campbell’s personal bank account. Records revealed that the money was used by Campbell for his own personal living expenses and were unauthorized by HHA.

According to the criminal complaint Campbell opened a VISA credit card in the name of Historic Harrisburg and used that card to make personal unauthorized purchases for vacation and entertainment expenses totaling $11,988.19.

On August 26th, 2014, the District Attorney’s Office charged Campbell with theft related offenses for various unauthorized checks that he wrote to himself, totaling approximately $8,781.01. On September 11, 2014, additional charges were brought for the theft of $2,750.00 from the Capitol Region Stonewall Democrats, a political action committee for which Campbell served as treasurer until early September 2014.

The new allegations of theft committed by Campbell against Historic Harrisburg total $23,829.41, bringing the aggregate total of all alleged thefts- including those previously filed- to around $35,360.42.


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