Former Urban League official sentenced for fraud

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A 55-year-old former Columbus Urban League official has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for fraud and identity theft.

Ovell Harrison of Columbus must also pay back more than $85,000 he was accused of stealing from the nonprofit organization. Federal authorities say he created false invoices for work by contractors, then took the Urban League payments for himself.

Harrison served as director of education services for the Columbus Urban League in 2004-2010. A U.S. District Court judge on Friday sentenced Harrison to 42 months in prison, three years' probation, and to pay restitution to the Urban League and its insurance company. Harrison told the judge he feels remorse for his actions and apologized.

He will surrender to begin his sentence at a date to be determined.

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