Ex-Harrisburg treasurer waives hearing on theft charges

Former City of Harrisburg treasurer John Campbell is headed to court on theft charges.

Campbell on Thursday waived his preliminary hearing before a district judge who scheduled a formal arraignment on Nov. 14.

Campbell, 26, resigned as city treasurer in August after authorities said he wrote himself 10 checks totaling more than $8,000 from Historic Harrisburg’s Light Up Harrisburg fund while he was executive director of the nonprofit.

He allegedly admitted to taking the money intended for street light repairs and used it to pay for his own educational and medical expenses.

He was charged with theft by failure to make required disposition of funds and a violation of the Charitable Organizations Act.

An additional count of theft by unlawful taking was filed last month when authorities said Campbell took money from Capital Region Stonewall Democrats, a political action committee.

Campbell allegedly wrote himself a $2,750 check on a committee bank account and deposited the money into his own account.

He had been treasurer of the group for five years.

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