Atlanta councilman Antonio Brown was indicted on federal fraud charges, but he’s not backing down. He says he plans to fight the charges and has no plans of stepping down. More inside…
Atlanta councilman Antonio Brown has found himself caught up with the feds for fraud.
According to the AJC, the 35-year-old District 3 councilman was indicted by a federal grand jury this week on multiple counts of fraud. Antonio says he’s NOT stepping down from his council seat and plans to fight these charges.
He was hit with multiple counts of fraud for allegedly lying about his income on applications to obtain loans and credit cards which he used for personal purchases, including a Range Rover and Mercedes Benz C300.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office also accused Antonio of lying about being a victim of identity theft to defraud the financial institutions that gave him the money.
The AJC breaks down the crimes the feds claim he committed:
“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,” said U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak.
According to Pak, Brown opened a number of credit cards beginning in 2012, which he then used to make thousands of dollars in personal purchases. Pak also accused Brown of obtaining over $60,000 in loans for the cars.
The indictment further alleges that Brown provided false information to Signature Bank when applying for a $75,000 loan in August 2017. Brown allegedly provided a personal financial statement during the application process falsely claiming he earned $325,000 per year and had $200,000 in available cash or assets.
Brown knew this information was false because he had recently submitted other loan applications reporting far less income and available cash or assets, Pak said in the press release.
For instance, in a July 2017 loan application to another bank, Brown submitted a 2016 federal income tax return reporting that he earned $125,000 per year — $200,000 less than what he represented that his income was to Signature Bank, prosecutors allege.

He has been charged with wire fraud, mail fraud, bank fraud and making false statements on a bank loan application.
Atlanta City Council President Felicia Moore issued a statement after news of the indictment and said that Antonio will not have to give up his seat on the council as a result of the charges.
 
My statement regarding the indictment of Council Member Antonio Brown. pic.twitter.com/cGTWCkeeEg
— Felicia Moore (@FeliciaAMoore) July 30, 2020
 
Despite the charges, Antonio – the first black openly LGBTQ person ever elected to the Atlanta City Council – told the AJC he’s going to fight the charges and is not resigning his council seat.
He doubled down on plans as well:
 

 

 
 

 

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The people that have walked alongside me know my heart, sense of integrity & relentless passion to fight for the least of these. God has been preparing me for such a time as this, I’ve overcome greater, my spirit is strong & I place my faith in God’s Plan. Now watch God work! #Faith
A post shared by Councilman Antonio Brown (@antoniodistrict3) on Jul 30, 2020 at 4:29am PDT

 
 
The people that have walked alongside me know my heart, sense of integrity & relentless passion to fight for the least of these. God has been preparing me for such a time as this, I’ve overcome greater, my spirit is strong & I place my faith in God’s Plan. Now watch God work pic.twitter.com/ZfsYnxPebA
— Antonio Brown (@AntonioisMuted) July 30, 2020
 
 
I’ve been fighting against status quo leadership since I came onto @atlcouncil, even at times on an island alone.
My voice will not be silenced.
I will continue to speak out against the systemic injustices black poor communities have endured for decades in Atlanta. pic.twitter.com/cp1b05YWIo
— Antonio Brown (@AntonioisMuted) July 30, 2020
The alleged crimes occurred before Antonio became a member of the Atlanta City Council. In 2019, he won District 3 in a special runoff election after councilman Ivory Lee Young died.
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Photo: AB’s Twitter