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.

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