AG Reviewing Old Probe of Philly NAACP Leader Finances

Jerry Mondesire has been suspended from local branch since April .

Attorney General Kathleen Kane is reviewing an old grand jury probe into the finances of Philly NAACP leader Jerry Mondesire, the Daily News reports. The five-year-old investigation was performed under then-AG Tom Corbett and never resulted in charges against Mondesire.

Mondesire’s employee, Harriet Garrett, and her daughter pleaded guilty in 2010 to stealing nearly $220,000 in state grant money for a job-training program. Garrett was sentenced to a minimum of six months in jail and ordered to pay restitution. Her daughter got 18 months’ probation.

A 2009 memo written by then-Deputy Attorney General William Davis Jr. says investigators “uncovered what appeared to be questionable spending” of state money by Mondesire.

The specifics included from the memo are detailed in nature — read the full story to get the whole gist — but Mondesire, who has been suspended by the NAACP since April, said he was never questioned by the grand jury and denies wrongdoing.

Around the Web

Be respectful of our online community and contribute to an engaging conversation. We reserve the right to ban impersonators and remove comments that contain personal attacks, threats, or profanity, or are flat-out offensive. By posting here, you are permitting Philadelphia magazine and Metro Corp. to edit and republish your comment in all media.