- Associated Press - Friday, October 14, 2016

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A district judge has dismissed all charges against a Philadelphia lobbyist accused of illegally charging expenses to a state grant program meant to help welfare recipients land jobs.

Philly.com (http://bit.ly/2e34B3n ) reports the Dauphin County district judge on Thursday threw out charges of theft, deceptive business practice and records tampering against 62-year-old Melonease Shaw.

The state attorney general charged her in June relating to her work as head of the now-defunct nonprofit Transitional Work Corp. The organization received $32 million in grants between 2007 and 2011 - the year it shut down.

Shaw’s attorneys argued charges that she misused $250,000 for personal expenses were beyond the statute of limitations and her lawyer says Shaw “committed no crime and acted ethically and responsibly.”

The state attorney general hasn’t decided whether to refile the charges.

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Information from: Philly.com, http://www.philly.com/

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