An African-American female running for a U.S. House seat in Virginia has been indicted on charges of fraud, embezzlement and theft in connection with events that allegedly occurred in 2012.
Shaun Brown, 58, who is running as a Democrat, appeared in a Norfolk courtroom last week where she denied any wrongdoing, and said she intends to fight the charges and be exonerated.
Prosecutors said Brown received roughly $803,000 via her nonprofit organization as a participant in a U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program.
They alleged that Brown acquired funds by filing false reimbursement claims with the Virginia Department of Health.
Prosecutors said Brown and others told employees to inflate the figures for the number of meals served to low-income children, and the nonprofit would the pocket the extra reimbursements.
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