Ex-Community Action CEO, police officer son indicted on $250K embezzlement charges


A federal grand jury has indicted the former director of Community Action of Minneapolis and his son – a city cop – on charges related to the alleged misuse of $250,000 taxpayer money.

MPR reports that former Community Action CEO Bill Davis and his son, Minneapolis police officer Jordan Davis, were indicted Thursday on 16 counts of fraud and theft.

They are accused of spending public funds on travel, dining, entertainment, and a car, MPR notes, saying they "devised and executed a scheme" that diverted at least $250,000 into a "slush fund" for their personal use and for the use of friends and family.

The nonprofit was shut down after a state audit uncovered evidence that public money was being misused and that the organization was overcharging federal and state grant programs by $600,000.

In March it was revealed that the FBI and IRS were investigating the organization.

The Star Tribune reports that the allegedly misused money was energy assistance aid from state and federal grants which, allegedly under Bill Davis' direction, was moved into an account for Community Action's former Ben & Jerry's franchise near the University of Minnesota.

Jordan Davis, who managed the ice cream shop until 2006, stayed on the payroll after he left, receiving 105 paychecks after he quit, including a $6,000 "bonus check" on New Year's Eve 2010, more than two years after he became a police officer, the newspaper notes.

The indictment alleges the younger Davis was 'paid' $140,000 for a job he didn't perform, MPR notes.

KARE 11 says that Bill Davis could not be reached for comment, while Minneapolis police are "looking into the status of Jordan Davis."

Bill Davis has previously stated that he had done nothing wrong.

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