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Former Durham Candidate Arrested on Fraud Charge

Posted February 13, 2007

— A man who ran for mayor in Durham in 2005 until it was disclosed that he had a criminal record is in custody on another charge after a two-month search.

Police have been looking for Vincent Brown since December. Tuesday, he was arrested in Pennsylvania.

Brown was being sought on a fraud charge. Authorities allege that he took nearly $30,000 from a man without doing promised construction work.

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.

"I have made mistakes in my life, and I am sorry for those mistakes and have learned mightily from them," Brown said in a written statement when he withdrew.

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  • Punky Feb 20, 2007

    Wow all those charges?? Sounds like a perfect resume for a position in NC politics.

  • Durham-Raleigh Feb 14, 2007

    Please. He had no chance of winning. Neither will Thomas Stith, Art Pope's voice on the Durham City Council, in the next election.

    Interestingly, though, in that election the Durham Co. Republicans had both Vincent Brown and Victoria Peterson (another local political crazy in town) on the ballot, and were led in that election by party chair Steve Monks (AKA the spoiler who split votes with Lewis Cheek in the DA race.) Why does a party that is respectable on the national stage continue to back candidates who are literally jokes in Durham?

    Not that I'd vote for them anyway. But even the Globetrotters get tired of beating the Generals all the time.

  • DOG Feb 13, 2007

    If he had stayed in the race for mayor, he would have probably won.

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  • anonemoose Feb 13, 2007

    Or run For DA.......

  • MzFang Feb 13, 2007

    "I have made mistakes in my life and I am sorry for those mistakes and have learned mightily from them"

    "Brown has been charged with more than 100 crimes over a 15-year span, pleading guilty on 46 counts in courtrooms across North Carolina." News & Observer

    I BEG TO DIFFER! It doesn't sound to me like he learned ANYTHING over the years.....accept how run away and shirk responsibility for his criminal actions. I realize that the majority of these crimes were not violent but 100 COUNTS! and no doubt 100's of victims in his crime wake....This guy should be UNDER the jail.....