Brown plans to run for congressional seat, despite prison sentence

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A former congressional candidate convicted of fraud has announced her plans to run again for Congress –despite facing a three-year prison sentence.

A jury found Shaun Brown guilty in October of overstating numbers in a summer feeding program, in order to get fraudulent reimbursement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Last week, a federal judge sentenced Brown to three years in prison. 

Brown made a statement in front of the federal courthouse in Norfolk Wednesday morning before turning herself over to the U.S. Marshals Office.

VIDEO: Shaun Brown full statement outside federal court

In her statement Wednesday, Brown announced she plans to run for the Third Congressional District. Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Newport News) currently holds that seat.

Brown previously ran as the Democratic candidate for Virginia’s Second Congressional District in 2016 — when she lost to Scott Taylor — and tried to run again last year as an independent.

She is also ordered to serve one year of house arrest, three years of probation and pay $90,000 in restitution.

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