U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu announced Thursday a former Maryland bank teller pleaded guilty to stealing approximately $185,000 from a customer of a national bank in Washington, D.C.
Twenty-nine-year-old Phelon Davis of District Heights pleaded guilty to interstate transportation of stolen property. The homeless customer worked as a street vendor and held several accounts at the bank. Due to inactivity and lack of identification, one of the accounts went dormant. Davis told the customer where to obtain a Social Security card and identification documents. He reviewed the customer’s account and saw that it had a “surprisingly large balance,” according to court documents.
Davis utilized customer’s personal information to open a new account and had an ATM card issued for the account. Over a two-year period – from 2014 through 2016 – Davis withdrew $185,440 on 144 occasions. The money was utilized to pay off personal debt, a trip to Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Aruba and a down payment on a home.
Phelon Davis faces a maximum 10-year prison sentence and $185,440 in restitution.