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Ex-Candidate for Durham Mayor Wanted on Fraud Charge

Posted December 20, 2006

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— Durham police are trying to locate a former Durham mayoral candidate accused of fraud.

Investigators said Vincent Cortez Brown, 45, of Durham, was paid nearly $30,000 for architectural and construction work last year under a contract but that no work was ever done.

Brown ran for mayor in 2005 but withdrew from the race days after it became public knowledge that he served time in prison for forgery.

He is charged with one count of obtaining property by false pretense.

Anyone with information on Brown’s whereabouts should call the Durham Police Department at 919-560-4440, ext. 254 or CrimeStoppers at 919-683-1200.

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  • FragmentFour Dec 27, 2006

    A criminal history does not automatically prevent anyone from running for - or being elected to - public office. It's up to the voters to investigate backgrounds and decide. This one seems to have decided his chances weren't all that great at winning an election, but his behavior hasn't seemed to change much.

  • Lulli Dec 21, 2006

    How can people with criminal records hold political office? It looks like political candidates should have criminal background and credit history checks prior to being able to run. Politicians should be held accountable for their actions prior to election, as well as during their service dates. Even the most minial jobs nowadays requires these two prerequisites. What are we thinking????

  • jlmkuw Dec 21, 2006

    Another example of why Durham is a great place to live. Difinately upholds Durham's reputation. By the way, only kidding about Durham being a great place to live. won't let my dog live in that hell hole