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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Minnesota

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Jordan Davis Convicted of Conspiring to Steal Money from Community Action of Minneapolis

Davis took more than $140,000 in payments for no-show job

United States Attorney Andrew M. Luger today announced the conviction of JORDAN JAMES DAVIS, 35, for conspiring with his father, WILLIAM JAMES DAVIS, to steal funds from Community Action of Minneapolis (CAM). JORDAN DAVIS was convicted today after a jury trial before U.S. District Judge Patrick J. Schiltz in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minn. WILLIAM DAVIS pleaded guilty on June 16, 2016 to all of the charges against him.

“Jordan Davis took more than $140,000 in salary that he did not earn,” said Assistant United States Attorney Kimberly A. Svendsen. “The agreement this defendant made with his father to steal from CAM destroyed opportunities for underprivileged youth to learn valuable job skills. I am thankful to the jury for the time and attention they gave to this case, and hope that this verdict brings some measure of justice for those harmed by Jordan Davis’ crimes.”

As proven at trial, WILLIAM DAVIS used CAM funds to pay his son JORDAN DAVIS for a no-show job at a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream shop operated by CAM as a PartnerShop near the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis. Ben & Jerry’s waived its standard franchise fees so that CAM could operate the store to provide job and entrepreneurial training to underprivileged youth facing barriers to employment.

As proven at trial, between 2002 and October 2006, JORDAN DAVIS worked as the manager of the Ben & Jerry’s PartnerShop. In October 2006, JORDAN DAVIS obtained employment with the Minneapolis Police Department, and thereafter stopped working at the Ben & Jerry’s.

As proven at trial, WILLIAM DAVIS instructed CAM’s fiscal staff to continue issuing JORDAN DAVIS the full paycheck he had been receiving for managing the ice cream shop. Even though JORDAN DAVIS never again worked a shift at the Ben & Jerry’s, from at least March 2007 until January 2011, he continued to receive his full paycheck, $1,320 biweekly. In fact, while DAVIS was receiving paychecks for his no-show job, CAM hired four other managers for the Ben & Jerry’s store, three of whom were paid less in the full-time jobs than JORDAN DAVIS received for his no-show role.

As proven at trial, during the time JORDAN DAVIS was receiving a paycheck for his no-show job, the Ben & Jerry’s store was consistently losing money, forcing CAM to transfer approximately $100,000 in federal grant funds each year in order to keep the doors open.

As proven at trial, WILLIAM DAVIS also gave JORDAN DAVIS a CAM vehicle for his personal use, and JORDAN DAVIS also had a Ben & Jerry’s debit card that he used to pay personal expenses such as gas and cell phone bills.

In April 2011, CAM closed the Ben & Jerry’s PartnerShop because CAM could no longer afford the rent for the store, and CAM terminated its youth job skills training program.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General, Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation and the United States Department of Energy Office of the Inspector General.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Kimberly A. Svendsen and Amber M. Brennan.

Defendant Information:

Ostego, Minn.

• Conspiracy to commit theft concerning programs receiving federal funds, 1 count
• Mail fraud, 5 counts

Updated June 28, 2016