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Charlotte Man Pleads Guilty To $300K Wire Fraud Scheme Involving Stolen Checks

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of North Carolina

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – John Calvin Davis, III, 27, of Charlotte, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan C. Rodriguez today and pleaded guilty to wire fraud for executing a scheme involving stolen checks, announced Dena J. King, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.

Tommy D. Coke, Inspector in Charge of the Atlanta Division of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, which oversees Charlotte, and Chief Johnny Jennings of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) join U.S. King in making today’s announcement.

According to filed plea documents and court proceedings, from August 2022 to January 2023, Davis obtained approximately 50 checks that were stolen from mailboxes in Charlotte. Davis then fraudulently endorsed the stolen checks, deposited the checks into accounts he controlled, and then withdrew the funds before the victims or the bank had an opportunity to determine that the checks were stolen. Through this scheme, Davis fraudulently obtained $304,355.56 in fraudulent proceeds.

Davis was released on bond following the guilty plea. The wire fraud charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. A sentencing date has not been set.

In making today’s announcement, U.S. Attorney King thanked the USPIS and CMPD for their investigation of the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Cassye Cole of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte, is in charge of the prosecution.





Updated February 27, 2024

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