Arrington to appear in federal court Thursday, faces 33 counts

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Erie City Council President Sonya Arrington reportedly confessed to taking money from her nonprofit.  That’s according to court records.

The indictment filed last week accuses Arrington of misusing money from her organization Mothers Against Teen Violence.  It happened between the end of 2011 and early last month.  During that same time period, tax dollars were provided to the organization.  

From 2013 to 2017, Erie County had a contract with MATV.  They provided $229,000 for a truancy program to help keep kids in school. 

According to Erie County’s Director of Administration, Gary Lee, the contract ended after poor results.  “There was no indication to the Office of Children and Youth that there was any concern with the program not honoring or following the proper procedures when it comes to invoicing and being paid for the program.”

Arrington faces 33 counts involving wire fraud, theft of government property, and submitting false documents to the government. 

She’s scheduled to appear in federal court on Thursday.

Tonight marks the first Erie City Council meeting since their president was indicted on fraud charges.

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