A Democrat running for Congress in Virginia is facing prison time after prosecutors say she stole nearly $1 million from a program designed to help hungry school kids eat.
Shaun Brown billed the government for over $800,000 in meals that were supposed to go to low income students who need help, but the invoices were allegedly inflated and fraudulent, leaving kids who could have used the money left hungry while Brown lined her pockets.
According to Breitbart:
“A Democratic congressional candidate in Virginia has been indicted on charges of fraud, embezzlement, and theft for allegedly stealing government funds from a school nutrition program in 2012.
Shaun Brown, 58, denied any wrongdoing during her first appearance in a Norfolk courtroom last week and said after the hearing that she intends to fight the charges.
Prosecutors said Brown fraudulently obtained $803,000 of government funds through her nonprofit organization, which participated in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Summer Food Service Program. The organization worked with the USDA Summer Food Service Program to provide meals to low-income children on school breaks.
Brown allegedly got the money by filing fraudulent reimbursement claims with the Virginia Department of Health.
Prosecutors said Brown and other staff members of her nonprofit told employees to skew data, such as the number of meals provided to low-income children, so the nonprofit could cash in on the extra reimbursements from the government, the Washington Post reported.”