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convicted embezzler Charged With lying for lighter sentence

November 6, 2012


PHILADELPHIA - An indictment was unsealed today charging Katherine M. Harrell, 32, of Fernwood, PA, with corruptly endeavoring to influence the due administration of justice, for lying to the Court during her sentencing hearing on her embezzlement conviction, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger. During that hearing, Harrell spoke directly to the United States District Judge who was about to sentence her, seeking leniency. Among other falsehoods, Harrell told the judge that Harrell’s brother had been in a car accident and was in a hospital bed in Harrell’s livingroom and would have to go to a nursing home if Harrell could not care for him. Harrell further falsely stated that she did not have any parents and that her young child would be placed in foster care if she could not care for him. In reality, Harrell’s brother had not been in an accident, was not injured in any way, and was not confined to a hospital bed in her livingroom, but instead was living in his own home, and Harrell’s parents were alive and Harrell’s mother had agreed, prior to sentencing, that Harrell’s child could continue living with Harrell’s parents if Harrell were sent to jail.

If convicted the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of 10 years imprisonment, and a $250,000 fine.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Karen L. Grigsby.

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