Attorney Says Top County Financial Official Innocent

The attorney for a top Harris County financial official charged with felony fraud and theft says his client hasn’t done anything wrong. Pat Hernandez reports.

Edwin Harrison, the director of financial services for the county, was indicted by a grand jury earlier this week. He’s accused of using his disabled older sister’s money to build a new house in the Galleria area. Attorney Chip Lewis represents Harrison.

“It is a bit disingenuous to paint Mr. Harrison as stealing from his sister to build himself a nice house when 1170 square feet were dedicated to Cecile and the master bedroom, baths, closets, etc. that were Mr. and Mrs. Harrison’s domain were 1200 square feet of a 5100 square foot house that his sister would have complete access to the common areas and enjoyment of.”

Harrison has been reassigned to a different job, but has not been suspended. He’s never been accused of any financial wrongdoing as part of his duties with the county.

“It is very unfortunate that a younger brother who has made an impeccable name for himself through 21 years of service at the county is now being castigated by allegations that he has mismanaged the finances of his sister in a felony way. I have no doubt when all of the dust settles it will be clear that Mr. Harrison did nothing wrong. He in fact did the exact things his sister wanted him to do and his sister will be the source of that testimony herself.”  

Lewis says the case got started with a complaint to adult protective services. That agency notified the District Attorney’s office, which invested the complaint and presented the facts to a grand jury. Lewis says Harrison’s sister did not file the complaint and he’s not sure who did.  Harrison’s wife was also indicted on similar charges.

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