A Democrat running for a Virginia seat in the U.S. House of Representatives has been charged with fraud, embezzlement, and theft in relation to payments made to a nonprofit in 2012, reports The Daily Caller.
Shaun Brown is the candidate who has been charged and appeared in front of a judge Friday and claimed all charges that have been brought against her were false. She says she is going to continue to fight the charges until they are all dropped, reports Fox News on Monday.
Brown is being reported to have received $803,000 from a nonprofit organization she created and the money is said to be for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program.
Prosecutors have said they believe Brown received that money by filing false reimbursement claims with the Virginia Department of Health.
Brown and her mother have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Virginia Department of Health in December saying the departments delayed payments and falsified reimbursements due to their race, saying that they are being discriminated against because they are black Americans.
The two, who started the nonprofit together are seeking $10 million in their lawsuit.
Even though Brown is suing the government, prosecutors have said Brown had her employees raise the number of meals served to low-income children, in order for her nonprofit to keep the extra money, reports the Washington Post.
Brown has even admitted there are problems with her nonprofit, according to the Daily Press.
“I want the irregularities corrected,” Brown said. “I want to see the program improve.”
Although Brown is facing these serious charges she still plans on running for Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District seat. Brown lost a race for the same seat to a Republican in 2016 by 23 points.
Brown is next scheduled to appear in court Jan. 12 and is said to plead not guilty.