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Michel Brown - Murder - Arson
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UPDATE: July 2-2013
Oh what a tangled web we weave. When first we practice to deceive.

Michael Shawn Brown  A former school counselor from Chadbourn pleaded guilty to 2nd degree murder in Columbus County Superior Court this week for the shooting death of Larry Townes.
He will now spend 20 to 34 years in prison for this confessed 2011 murder.

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UPDATE: January 3-2013
Brown  was sentenced to serve 30 years in prison on wire fraud and arson charges.
 Required to serve a three-year term of supervised release after his release from prison, and to pay restitution of $345,302 as a result of his  guilty plea to the federal charges.


Brown remains charged with first-degree murder in the March 29, 2011 killing of Larry James Townes, 55, of Vaught Square in Chadbourn.

As part of his sentence, Brown was ordered to pay $257,802 in restitution to the North Carolina Fund for Medical Assistance, and $87,500 to the owner of the building he burned. Below is the history of his crime.
It appears that he murdered one of us and that it is a fact he stole from all of us.
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UPDATE:  Michael Brown, a former Columbus County  elementary school counselor has at last been indicted by a federal grand jury. Brown  is now facing a second degree murder charge for the allegedly shooting and killing Larry Towns. Larry Towns had entered the building at Five Points unarmed at what was called by Brown a  "Christian Counseling Center".at first investigators required to see Brown's records. Brown was somehow allegedly forewarned of the investigation that was first to take place on Friday, but the investigation was rescheduled for Monday. Brown's  "Christian Counseling Center" burned Sunday night, before any of his records were examined.on Monday. On August eighth, 2011  the U.S. Attorney's Office announced that a criminal indictment against Brown had been handed down, charging him with twenty counts of wire fraud, for  aggravated identity theft, for arson and making false statements.

These charges come from Brown's actions, while he was offering  free a supervised tutoring services, snacks and treats , transportation services, activities and games to lure the the children of  lower income people of  Columbus County into his alleged fraudulent trap. To participate in his alleged scheme, the children's parents had to present their Medicaid card to be copied, which gave Brown a free pass to charge services that were never rendered to many members of the community.
The U.S. Attorney's office alleges that  Brown routinely billed Medicaid as though he had performed counseling, various therapies including hypnosis and behavioral counseling which included children's behavior in school. Their statement speaks of  Brown seldom  having any worthwhile contact with these children. The indictment states that Brown sent out false billing to be collected for services that never rendered. Brown was also charged with the arson of his counseling center.

What a web that can be weaved when one tries to lie and deceive.We are listening carefully for the outcome of this case.

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Private Counselor and Teacher At Chadbourn Elementary School Arrested for
Second-Degree Murder

Michael Shawn Brown, 45, a private counselor and teacher at Chadbourn Elementary School
was arrested for the alledged second-degree murder  of  Larry James Towns. This
murder occured at  Brown's counseling offices at Five Points, west of Chadbourn.

Columbus Couny  Detective Sgt. Nealey report stated that Brown was arrested at the suspect's home on  Princess Ann  Road, a location close to Williamson's Crossroads Community. Larry Towns  entered into Michael Brown's business location and was shot with a hand gun. He received several shots to his chest just minutes before 4 p.m. on Tuesday.  It was reported that Michael Brown claimed that Larry Towns entered  unannounced, therefore Brown was in fear for his life when he saw the intruder and shot him.

Try to see this in the eyes of your understanding. I have and it goes like this. My business is open . A man enters and I immediately shoot him. Did I go and find a pistol  to shoot him or was I just standing with a pistol in my hand? Is there a concealed weapon permit? There is much that seems not right with Michael Shawn Brown's statement and the only witness is dead. It has been determined that Larry James Towns was not armed. ? Let's watch how justice prevails.The A.T.F is looking into a fire at the counseling center last month as a possible arson.

Our magistrate set Brown's bond at $50,000.

UPDATE June 17 Concerning Michael Shawn Brown
Michael Shawn Brown's second degree murder charge has been elevated to first degree murder. New charges for medical fraud and arson for burning of his counseling offices containing aledged fradulent medical billing.  Brown's office at Five Points, located just west of Chadbourn NC. was completely destroyed.

Michael Shawn Brown has been indicted on 16 counts of fraudulant billing for  his counseling service for Columbus County children and the burning of his small offices one day before the SBI was to serve a search warrant. Brown did he have foreknowledge of the SBI coming.
The authorities were seeking answers about several alledged fraud.

There is much to come to light here


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