Atlanta City Council member Antonio Brown, 35, has been indicted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, accused of attempting fraud. The charges stem back to before Brown became a council member.
Brown was charged Wednesday with wire fraud, mail fraud, bank fraud and making false statements on a bank loan application.
“For years, Antonio Brown allegedly sought to defraud a number of banks and credit card companies by falsely claiming that he was the victim of identity theft,” says U.S. Attorney Byung Pak.
The activity allegedly goes back to 2012, when Brown opened credit cards and a car loan but then claimed his identity was stolen, according to Pak, the charges and other information presented in court. The indictment also alleges that in 2017, Brown falsely claimed his income and assets to a bank.
Brown was elected to the Atlanta City Council in 2019. He ran for the District 3 seat after the death of City Council member Ivory Lee Young Jr.
The competitive District 3 race ended in a special runoff election, where Brown beat former school board member Byron Amos. The result was a surprise to many.
When Brown was elected, he claimed it was a new day in city politics.
Brown will still hold his seat, according to Atlanta City Council President Felicia Moore.
“At this time, no vacancy on Council exists as a result of this occurrence. A vacancy would only exist in the event of a resignation, conviction, or state-level suspension.” Moore said in a statement. “This is a personal matter to be addressed by Mr. Brown as he undergoes due process of the law,” she said.
Brown did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The indictment only contains charges.