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Ex-congressional candidate gets prison for fraud

NORFOLK (AP) A former congressional candidate has been sentenced to three years in prison for defrauding the federal government through a summer meal program for children.

Shaun Brown, 59, was sentenced March 13 on federal fraud charges, news outlets reported. She’ll serve an additional year of home confinement.

Federal prosecutors said Brown asked for reimbursement for thousands of meals that were never served. The judge accused Brown of not showing remorse. Her attorney, James Ellenson, says she didn’t “steal any money for her own personal gain.”

Brown was the Democratic candidate in Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District in 2016. She lost to Republican Scott Taylor. She ran as an independent in 2018 until a judge ended her candidacy, finding evidence Taylor’s campaign staff forged signatures on petitions to place Brown on the ballot.

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