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Ex-Mayoral Candidate in Custody on Fraud Charge

Posted May 15, 2007 7:22 p.m. EDT
Updated May 15, 2007 9:24 p.m. EDT

— 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.