Judge tosses case of lobbyist accused of misusing grants

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 14, 2016 9:17 AM

(Harrisburg) -- A district judge has dismissed all charges against a Philadelphia lobbyist accused of illegally charging expenses to a state grant program meant to help welfare recipients land jobs.

A Dauphin County district judge on Thursday threw out charges of theft, deceptive business practice and records tampering against 62-year-old Melonease Shaw.

The state attorney general charged her in June relating to her work as head of the now-defunct nonprofit Transitional Work Corp. The organization received $32 million in grants between 2007 and 2011: the year it shut down.

Shaw's attorneys argued charges that she misused $250,000 for personal expenses were beyond the statute of limitations and her lawyer says Shaw ``committed no crime and acted ethically and responsibly.''

The state attorney general hasn't decided whether to refile the charges.

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