Former congressional candidate convicted of fraud gets 3 years


(STEPHANIE) CONTINUING OUR COVERAGE OF A FORMER CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE FOUND GUILTY OF FRAUD — YOU MAY REMEMBER, SHAUN BROWN WAS CONVICTED IN OCTOBER OF USING A SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM TO DEFRAUD THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS. GOOD EVENING, I’M STEPHANIE HARRIS. (LAURA) AND I’M LAURA CASO. TODAY SHE LEARNED SHE’S GOING TO PRISON. 10 ON YOUR SIDE’S CHRIS HORNE JOINS US LIVE FROM COURT WITH THE NEW INFORMATION. (CHRIS) BROWN GETS THREE YEARS ACTIVE PRISON TIME, FOLLOWED BY THREE YEARS OF PROBATION. THE PROSECUTOR CALLED HER A PUBLIC MENACE AND THE JUDGE SAID SHE SHOWED NO REMORSE. (CHRIS HORNE) JAMES ELLENSON/ DEFENSE ATTORNEY HAD SHE SHOWN REMORSE, SHE PROBABLY WOULD HAVE GOTTEN A SENTENCE BETWEEN 12 AND 15 MONTHS. INSTEAD 60-YEAR-OLD SEAN BROWN GETS THREE YEARS IN PRISON FOR FRAUD CONSPIRACY AND STEALING FROM THE GOVERNMENT. A JURY FOUND HER GUILTY OF OVERSTATING NUMBERS IN A SUMMER FEEDING PROGRAM, IN ORDER TO GET FRAUDULENT REIMBURSEMENT FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE. BROWN HAD LITTLE TO SAY AND LET HER ATTORNEY SPEAK AFTERWARD. JAMES ALLENSON / DEFENSE ATTORNEY SHE NEVER DID ANYTHING CRIMINAL, SHE’S NEVER DONE ANYTHING WRONG HER WHOLE LIFE. AT TRIAL THE GOVERNMENT SAID THE AMOUNT OF FRAUD TOTALED NEARLY HALF A MILLION DOLLARS , BUT JUDGE HENRY MORGAN REDUCED IT TO 90,000 BECAUSE THAT WAS ALL RECORDS COULD SHOW. BROWN TOLD THE JUDGE THAT HER DEFENSE ATTORNEY JAMES ELLENSON SOLD HER OUT, BUT SHE APPEARED BY HIS SIDE AFTERWARD. SHAUN AND I HAVE HAD DIFFERENCES IN TRIAL STRATEGIES SINCE DAY ONE. SO IT’S OKAY. BROWN ATTENDED IVY LEAGUE BROWN UNIVERSITY, THE LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS, AND OXFORD UNIVERSITY. NORFOLK PASTOR NATHAN BUTLER WORKED WITH BROWN ON THE PROGRAM TO FEED UNDERPRIVILEGED KIDS AND SPOKE ON HER BEHALF. THERE’S A WHOLE BUNCH OF OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO WITH HER LEVEL OF INTELLIGENCE TO BE CRIMINAL. MAYBE SHE MADE SOME MISTAKES. BROWN TAKES CARE OF HER AILING MOTHER IN HAMPTON. THE JUDGE GAVE HER A WEEK BEFORE SHE HAS TO REPORT TO PRISON. HOW ARE YOU GOING TO SPEND THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS? MAKING SURE EVERYTHING IS IN PLACE FOR MY MOTHER. (CHRIS) DESPITE THE CONVICTION AND TODAY’S SENTENCE, BROWN MAINTAINS SHE IS 100% INNOCENT. SHE PLANS TO APPEAL. LIVE IN NORFOLK CHRIS HORNE 10 ON YOUR SIDE

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