Former Columbus Urban League Official Pleads Guilty To Fraud, ID Theft

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A former Columbus Urban League official pleaded guilty Friday to one count of fraud and one count of identity theft.

According to testimony with the Department of Labor, Director of Education Services Ovell Harrison, 55, used computers at his office to prepare and submit false invoices to the Urban League.

The U. S attorney’s office says he made it appear that the invoices were for contractor’s services to the Urban League. The contractors were unknowing persons Harrison knew personally.

According to testimony, Harrison would leave the checks for hand pick-up or send them to a mailbox he rented.  

The U.S attorney’s office says Harrison deposited checks to one of three bank accounts and obtained $85,181.25.

Bank fraud receives up to 30 years in prison and identity theft is a mandatory two years after he serves the years for bank fraud.

The court will now conduct a pre-sentence investigation.

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