Katrina Brown

City of Jacksonville

Jacksonville City Council Members Katrina Brown and Reggie Brown have pleaded not guilty to 38 federal charges stemming from an alleged scheme to fraudulently draw down a federally backed loan.

City of Jacksonville

At a court appearance Thursday afternoon, suspended City Councilwoman Katrina Brown asked for a court-appointed attorney. The judge agreed that she could not afford private counsel and will get a court-appointed attorney to her before her next court appearance.

Our weekly Friday Media Roundtable on First Coast Connect with guest host Ryan Benk featured Florida Times-Union columnist Mark Woods, Jacksonville Daily Record reporter David Cawton and Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth.

Topics discussed included:

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Suspended city council members Reggie Brown and Katrina Brown were in court again Thursday a couple of weeks after a 38-count federal fraud indictment against them was unsealed.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Several Jacksonville City Council members say they’ll advocate for a handful of bills that were being sponsored by suspended council members Katrina Brown and Reggie Brown, of Districts 8 and 10. They are facing indictments on dozens of federal charges of fraud.

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A business owned by indicted and suspended Jacksonville City Councilwoman Katrina Brown is on the hook for a nearly $2.7 million U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loan.

Our weekly Media Roundtable Friday on First Coast Connect featured Florida Times-Union Reporter Tessa Duvall, radio host Angela Spears, Jacksonville Daily Record Reporter Dave Cawton and WJCT Reporter Ryan Benk.

The topics discussed included

Unnamed Business In Katrina Brown, Reggie Brown Indictment Appears To Be Jacksonville Firm

Jun 6, 2018
Bob Self / The Florida Times-Union

The indictment of City Council members Katrina Brown and Reggie Brown allege that fake invoices prepared by Katrina Brown included one for purchase of furniture from an unidentified business. Retired firefighter who runs VC Gantt, LLC declines comment.

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A former state lawmaker, a former school board member and a banking executive are among the nine individuals who want to fill the vacancies created by the suspension of two Jacksonville City Council members.

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

In the last two years, four elected officials from Jacksonville have been indicted on federal charges of fraud.

City of Jacksonville

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has suspended Jacksonville City Council members Reggie Brown and Katrina Brown. The news comes a day after a federal indictment was unsealed showing the pair faces 38 charges, including fraud.

Friday our First Coast Connect Media Roundtable featured Dan Scanlan from the Florida Times-Union, WJCT contributor Fred Matthews, Jacksonville Business Journal editor Timothy Gibbons and Florida Politics reporter A.G. Gancarski.

Issues discussed included,

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Updated 6:03 p.m.: This story was updated to include new details on the case and quotes from Reggie Brown. 

Jacksonville City Council members Reggie Brown and Katrina Brown have been indicted on 38 counts of fraud and other charges related to Katrina Brown’s family’s barbecue sauce business.

Friday on “First Coast Connect,” we had our weekly Media Roundtable.  David Bauerlein from The Florida Times Union, Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth and Jacksonville Business Journal editor Timothy Gibbons (01:46) took part.

We heard about the upcoming Sulzbacher Center’s “Transformations” event with co-chair Darnell Smith and Sulzbacher Chief Development Officer Eileen Briggs (40:41)  

We also spoke with the editor in chief of the new local publication, Salty at Heart, Kirstin Thompson (47:25).  

 

Tuesday on “First Coast Connect” we spoke with WJCT’s Corporate Secretary Carlos Semidei and local resident Elisha Sosa. Both have relatives and friends in Puerto Rico, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria (01:02).

Local Fraternal Order of Police President Steve Zona joined us to talk about his call for the resignation of two city council members after they had an altercation with police (11:11).       

We heard about this being Banned Book Week in America with First Coast Connect Book Club leader Stacey Goldring and Keli Likins, who is the regional manager of the Jacksonville Public Library (30:33).

Kelly Mannel with Jacksonville’s Image Partners discussed a national conference coming to Jacksonville focusing on mindfulness (42:44).  


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