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Old 08-18-2007, 06:33 PM
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Former Treasurer of Phi Beta Sigma Guilty of Bank Fraud and Theft

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1) I am not posting this to spite the Sigmas. I am posting it because it is of interest to Greek life as a whole.

2) I am posting it in its entirety because it is a press release and not an article, therefore it does not violate the terms of service or copyright laws.

3) Link here: http://washingtondc.fbi.gov/dojpress.../wfo050707.htm
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FORMER TREASURER OF INTERNATIONAL FRATERNITY FOUND GUILTY OF CHARGES IN CONNECTION WITH THEFT OF $241,000

Washington, D.C. - Terry Davis, the former elected National Treasurer of Phi Beta Sigma, an international fraternal organization, has been found guilty of eight counts of bank fraud, one count of theft in the first degree and one count of fraud in the first degree stemming from his theft of $241,000 from the fraternity's bank account, U.S. Attorney Jeffrey A. Taylor and Joseph Persichini, Jr., Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI's Washington Field Office, announced today.

A federal jury sitting in the District of Columbia found Davis, 40, guilty of the charges on Thursday, May 3, 2007. The Honorable Reggie B. Walton is scheduled to sentence Davis on August 7, 2007. Davis, formerly of Memphis, Tennessee and Herndon, Virginia, faces a statutory maximum sentence of 50 years in prison, though under the federal sentencing guidelines Davis's likely sentence will be between 37 and 57 months of incarceration.

According to the evidence presented at trial, between January 2001 and June 2003, while he was the elected, National Treasurer of Phi Beta Sigma, Davis had custody of the fraternity's check book. During that time period, Davis wrote 126 checks payable to cash, without authorization, using the fraternity's check book. On many of the checks, Davis forged the name of the fraternity's National President. In many instances, Davis falsely wrote on the memo line of the check that the proceeds of the check were intended for legitimate fraternity purposes when, in fact, Davis diverted the proceeds to personal expenses. Davis also forged the bank signature cards for the fraternity's checking account and falsely represented to the bank, among other things, that the number of required signatures on the fraternity's checking account had been reduced from two signatures to one signature. Davis deposited the proceeds of many of the checks into his personal bank accounts and expended the proceeds on personal expenses. It was shown at trial that the proceeds obtained by Davis through the 126 checks made payable to cash totaled over $241,000.

In announcing the verdict, U.S. Attorney Taylor and FBI Assistant Director in Charge Persichini praised the efforts of FBI Special Agent Mark Stanley. They also commended the work of the following individuals from the U.S. Attorney's Office: Supervisory Paralegal Specialist Janean Bently; Paralegal Specialists Melanie Howard, Lynita Greene and Jeanie Latimore-Brown; Legal Assistant Lisa Robinson; and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael Atkinson and John Roth, who prosecuted the case.
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Old 08-18-2007, 11:04 PM
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This transcends the Sigmas; in truth all our organizations have these issues in one form or another. In times past, the practice was to sweep them under the rug.Those days are gone. In some cases it means that corporate governance issues have to be addressed.
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Old 08-20-2007, 01:19 AM
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Red face wow

Stealing from your own house...... tisk tisk. Stealing period, not cool.
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Old 08-20-2007, 12:51 PM
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I think it's good that this is out there. It doesn't reflect poorly on the fraternity - it shows that all organizations can be used ill by their members. By making it public, hopefully those considering these kinds of actions will be deterred.
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Old 08-20-2007, 01:27 PM
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Sigma Treasurer

I would LOVE to take a stick to beat him in his head!

This is dreadful!!
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Old 08-20-2007, 06:51 PM
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Bank Theft = FRAT
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Old 08-20-2007, 07:33 PM
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^^^ please expound.
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Old 08-20-2007, 08:56 PM
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^^^ please expound.
Yes please do. I'd love to hear this reasoning.
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Old 08-22-2007, 12:19 AM
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FRIDAY, AUGUST 7, 2007 (202) 514-2008
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Former Treasurer of International Fraternity Sentenced to Prison in Connection with Bank Fraud and Theft
Washington, D.C. -Terry Davis, 41, the former elected National Treasurer of Phi Beta Sigma, an international fraternal organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., has been sentenced to concurrent sentences of 51 months in prison for committing bank fraud and 24 months in prison for committing theft in the first degree and fraud in the first degree stemming from his theft of over $200,000 from the fraternity’s bank account, U.S. Attorney Jeffrey A. Taylor and Joseph Persichini, Jr., Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, announced today.

Davis, formerly of Memphis, Tennessee and Herndon, Virginia, was sentenced this morning in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by the Honorable Reggie B. Walton. In addition to the concurrent sentences of 51 months and 24 months, Judge Walton ordered that the defendant (1) pay restitution of $221,000 to Phi Beta Sigma, and (2) be placed on 5 years of supervised release following his release from prison.

A federal jury sitting in the District of Columbia found Davis guilty of the charges on May 3, 2007, following an eight-day trial. According to the evidence presented at trial, between January 2001 and June 2003, while he was the elected, National Treasurer of Phi Beta Sigma, Davis had custody of the fraternity’s check book. During that time period, Davis wrote 126 checks payable to cash, without authorization, using the fraternity’s check book. On many of the checks, Davis forged the name of the fraternity’s National President. In many instances, Davis falsely wrote on the memo line of the check that the proceeds of the check were intended for legitimate fraternity purposes when, in fact, Davis diverted the proceeds to personal expenses. Davis also forged the bank signature cards for the fraternity’s checking account and falsely represented to the bank, among other things, that the number of required signatures on the fraternity’s checking account had been reduced from two signatures to one signature. Davis deposited the proceeds of many of the checks into his personal bank accounts and expended the proceeds on personal expenses. It was shown at trial that the proceeds obtained by Davis through the 126 checks made payable to cash totaled over $200,000.

In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Taylor and FBI Assistant Director in Charge Persichini praised the efforts of FBI Special Agent Mark Stanley. They also commended the work of the following individuals from the U.S. Attorney’s Office: Supervisory Paralegal Specialist Janean Bently; Paralegal Specialists Melanie Howard, Lynita Greene and Jeanie Latimore-Brown; Legal Assistant Lisa Robinson; and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael Atkinson and John Roth, who prosecuted the case.
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Old 08-22-2007, 12:39 AM
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Okay, I just want to know what is different about this than another org where the perpetrator received no jail time--just restitution? Can an attorney enlighten me?
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Old 08-22-2007, 03:52 AM
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Okay, I just want to know what is different about this than another org where the perpetrator received no jail time--just restitution? Can an attorney enlighten me?
IANAL, but one assumes that different jurors and different judges lead to different verdicts and sentences.
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Old 08-22-2007, 06:05 PM
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IANAL, but one assumes that different jurors and different judges lead to different verdicts and sentences.
Which is why I asked for attorneys to answer from a legal standpoint.
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