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Police: Wyoming woman stole $232,000 from vulnerable parents, lost money in Nigerian fraud scheme

WYOMING – A woman who allegedly stole $232,000 from her parents, only to lose the money in a Nigerian cash scam, faces up to 10 years in prison after she was charged with embezzling from vulnerable adults.

Authorities accuse Mary L. Davis, 57, of taking the money from bank accounts and certificates of deposit starting in May and running through August, Wyoming District Court records show.

Davis was charged Dec. 8 and this week waived a probable cause hearing, pushing the felony counts to trial in Kent County Circuit Court.

In an arrest affidavit, U.S. Secret Service Agent Sean Smith said the daughter of Corinne and Robert Davis “wired money overseas and gave the balance to a friend in furtherance of a fraud scheme.”

“Davis admitted to taking the money to invest in a questionable transaction and obtaining the money by making false statements to the bank,” Smith wrote in court records. “Davis admitted that she was supposed to be responsible for her parents finances.”

Corinne Davis is 86 and Robert Davis is 88. It’s not clear from court records why Mary Davis is entrusted to manage her parents’ money.

Richard Zambon, Mary Davis’ defense attorney, declined comment on the allegation.

The couple lives in a modest one-story home northeast of the 44th Street and Byron Center Avenue SW intersection. Mary Davis also lists that as her home in court records.

No one answered the door and a message left at the listed number was not returned.

Federal agents who investigated the case said they could not discuss the criminal allegation.

Prosecutors said that Davis lost the embezzled money in a version of a Nigerian bank scam that promises people larger amounts of cash if they funnel a payment overseas.

If convicted, the maximum penalty is 10 years in prison.

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December 24, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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