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Ex-Mayoral Candidate in Custody on Fraud Charge

Posted May 15, 2007

— A man who ran for mayor in Durham in 2005 until it was disclosed that he had a criminal record was finally taken into custody Monday night by Durham officials. It involves a fraud charge for which he had first been arrested in February.

Police arrested Vincent Brown in Virginia and returned him to North Carolina, and he was held in the Durham County Jail on a $62,000 bond. He is accused of taking nearly $30,000 for a construction project he never completed.

Authorities in Pennsylvania has arrested him on the fraud charge in February, but he was released on bail there, and he never returned to Durham to face the accusation.

Brown was a Republican candidate for mayor until October 2005, when he withdrew after it was reported that court records showed he had served time for forgery.


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  • I hear voices May 16, 2007

    "We are missing out on a would be good mayor. My prayers go out to him. I am pretty sure he has learned from hims mistakes"

    Just what we need, another crook in office. PPPLLLLLEEEEEEEEAAAAASSSSSSSSEEEEEEEEEEEEE

  • Arbi May 16, 2007

    Sounds to me he would fit right in with the rest of them

  • salut2daking May 16, 2007

    We are missing out on a would be good mayor. My prayers go out to him. I am pretty sure he has learned from hims mistakes

  • no.ral.old guy May 16, 2007

    uh, and your point is?

  • Seeminglyopposed May 16, 2007

    So he can't be a republican.........and why may I ask, would it be because he is a black and also a thief...nah I am sure that is not the case!Right?????????????????? Since race isn't suppose to be a factor. And besides their are a great deal of really poor people (won't mention a race) that are republicans. And there a great deal of black people that are rich, that are republicans, so they can not be republicans...right again...

  • The Professor May 16, 2007

    What, he's not a reverend? How can that be? This may actually increase his chances of getting elected.

  • Seeminglyopposed May 16, 2007

    I can see WRAL doesn't view these comments too often!

  • Mmaker52 May 16, 2007

    Now if this man had been elected it could have been said of him that this "politician was a crook" LOL

  • BlarneyStone May 16, 2007

    I wonder whatever happened to Jackie Wagstaff... we haven't seen here causing any chaos lately.

  • FloydRTurbo May 16, 2007

    Derm is a 24/7 Saturday Night Live skit. It is "a perfect storm" of human buffonery.