A stand-in was sent from the DA's Office to accept the award, and he quickly picked up the nickname the Economic Crimes Guy. His excuses for why his boss couldn't be there in person to accept the award reminded many golfers of a scene from “The Blues Brothers.”
Jake, played by John Belushi, is escaping from police when he runs into his former fiancee in a tunnel underneath a concert hall. He starts blurting out excuses for why he failed to show up at their wedding, leaving her at the alter.
“I ran out of gas. I had a flat tire. I didn’t have enough money for gas, my tux didn’t come back from the cleaners, an old friend came in from town, someone stole my car. There was an earthquake, a terrible flood!”
Back to Economic Crimes Guy, his excuses for why Brown couldn't accept the award for himself ran the gamut from he was observing the holiday (presumably Yom Kippur) to he has to run meetings everyday at 8 a.m.
Brown has had an illustrious career (remember when we dubbed him Encyclopedia Brown after out favorite child sleuth?), turning his Queens office into a crime-fighting machine, so there's really no reason to have to make up a string of excuses for why he couldn't be there in person.
In fact, lots of high-profile honorees at all sorts of events ditch picking up there award, sending someone nobody who shelled out the thousands of dollars for a table wants to rub elbows with. Pick up the award, say thanks and get off the stage!
All the excuses just fueled rumors about Brown's health and his ability to manage a legal office that employs over 300 people.
Conclusion: Don't send Economic Crimes Guy!