A federal grand jury in Virginia indicted a Democratic congressional candidate last week on charges of fraud and theft that stem from events that allegedly happened in 2012.
Shaun Brown, 58, is accused, along with others, of filing fraudulent claims with the Summer Food Service Program in 2012, the Daily Press reported. The indictment claims that Brown instructed staff members of JOBS Community Outreach Development Corp. to falsify documents by inflating the number of children fed by the organization that she and her mother co-founded so they would obtain more money.
“This is about making sure there are no hungry children in Hampton Roads,” she said.
Brown claims that different government agencies and officials are discriminating against her and her organization that was created to feed children during the summer.
Brown, who lost by 23 points to a Republican in the 2016 congressional elections, is hoping to be the Democratic nominee in 2018 — a feat that will be difficult to achieve if she is behind bars, as she faces 20 years in prison if convicted of wire fraud and theft of government funds.
The Daily Press notes:
Her campaign finance reports with the Federal Election Commission show she’s raised $713,491 as of the end of October, all but $2,750 of which came from her. She said most of that was in the form of stock in her company. The FEC report shows she has no cash on hand in her campaign account.
“We will vigorously defend,” said Jimmy Ellenson, her attorney. “She maintains her innocence. [There’s been] a longstanding dispute between her and the feds about this whole thing. And why would they do this right before Christmas?”