KENNER POLICE DEPARTMENT
Michael J. Glaser
Chief of Police
500 Veterans Boulevard
FAX (504) 712-2209
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Lt. Brian McGregor
Parolee targeted the elderly in scam
- On Monday, May 16, 2016, the Kenner Police Department
arrested Tammy Marie Davis, 52, of 1713 Newport Place, apartment 19,
Kenner. Davis was charged
with the crimes of theft (7-counts), attempted theft, forgery, illegal
possession of a schedule II CDS (crack cocaine .1 gram), and possession
of drug paraphernalia.
was arrested in an ongoing scam in which she would approach victims
outside grocery centers and sell them raffle tickets for a fictitious
charity. Often times Davis
would tell the victim she knew them from their doctor’s office.
The elderly victim would provide the name of their doctor, at
which time Davis would inform them of a charity to benefit a sick child
of their doctor. The
victims would then purchase a ticket for the fundraiser.
Davis in turn would present the victim with an “Office Depot”
ticket (see attached photo) for entry into the fictitious fundraiser.
Victims who reported the scam range in age of 67 to 81 years old.
The scams were reported to the Kenner Police Department between
April 1, 2016 and May 12, 2016.
victims reported the scam to the Kenner Police Department after they
contacted their doctor’s office, only to learn that their doctor did not
have a sick child and there was not a charity benefit.
Other victims reported the scam to Kenner Police after Davis took
their money and advised she would return with change, but never
separate incident, Davis met with an 81-year-old male victim who had
mild dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Both went to the male victim’s bank, where Davis forged a $980.00
check making in payable to cash from the victim’s account.
Davis attempted to cash check but was stopped by an alert bank
associate who realized the differences in signature.
Upon questioning the signature; Davis fled the bank leaving the
male victim, who was found to be in need of medical attention due to his
Kenner Police Department was able to identify Davis after her parole
officer, from the East Jefferson District of Probation and Parole,
recognized Davis from surveillance photographs released to surrounding
law enforcement agencies.
Davis is on parole for the crime of purse snatching until
12/10/2017. Davis was also
found to have previous arrests relating to a telephone scam in 2006.
was interviewed by Kenner Police Detective Vincent Miranti and provided
a full confession to all incidents.
Davis claimed she perpetrated the scam due to her addiction to
crack cocaine. In addition,
Davis advised she would check her phone daily to see if there were any
reports of the scam in the news.
Davis informed Detective Miranti she would see other scams
reported but not her scam.
At the time of Davis’s arrest she was found to be in possession of a
crack pipe and .1 grams of crack cocaine.
the time of this press release Davis remains in custody.
Her bond was originally set at $38,500.00.
Due to Davis being booked on a parole detainer she is being held
on no bond.
Kenner Police Department believes there are additional victims of this
scam. Kenner Police Chief
Michael J. Glaser urges anyone who may still have information concerning
this scam or has been scammed, to call the Kenner Police Detective
Vincent Miranti at (504) 712-2330 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.