Shaun Brown, a Democrat running for congress in Virginia has been indicted on charges of fraud, embezzlement and theft in connection with events that allegedly occurred in 2012.
Brown. 58, intends to plead not guilty and will fight the charges. She will continue to seek election.
Brown ran a non-profit organization, as a member of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program. Prosecutors contend that Brown received an additional $803,000 through filing false reimbursement claims with the Virginia Department of Health.
Brown supposedly told her employees to inflate the numbers on the forms filed, to show that more children were receiving meals than in reality. The extra income made its way into Brown’s pocket.
Brown has acknowledged that there are issues, “I want the irregularities corrected,” she said. “I want to see the program improve.” However, she denies any wrongdoing.
Brown has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Virginia Department of Health and others, alleging discrimination against African-Americans, delayed payments, falsified reimbursements and claims for reimbursement. She and her mother Jenever Brown, her partner in the non-profit, are seeking $10 million in damages.
In 2016, Brown ran for congress and loss to a Republican, Scott W. Taylor. She lost by 23 points, but intends to try again in 2018.