Former Congressional candidate charged with fraud

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- The Democratic candidate who lost her Congressional bid to Scott Taylor in the 2016 election has been charged with fraud and theft of government property, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Wednesday.

58-year-old Shaun Brown of Hampton allegedly stole from the USDA's Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), several years before her race for the House of Representatives.

According to a grand jury indictment, Brown worked with a non-profit called JOBS Community Outreach Development Corporation, which sponsored the SFSP in 2011 and 2012. The federally-funded program is meant to feed children during the summer, when school free-lunch programs are not available.

Prosecutors say Brown and members of her staff submitted fraudulent claims for reimbursement in 2012, inflating the number of children who were fed to obtain additional money.

If convicted, Brown could face up to 20 years in prison.

In 2016, Brown was the Democratic nominee for Virginia's 2nd Congressional District, which represents Virginia Beach, Accomack and Northampton counties on the Eastern Shore, and parts of Norfolk and Hampton.  She lost to Republican Scott Taylor.

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