Parolee targeted the elderly in scam

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KENNER POLICE DEPARTMENT

Michael J. Glaser

Chief of Police

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

 

500 Veterans Boulevard

Kenner, LA 70062

(504) 712-2200

FAX (504) 712-2209

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 Contact:  Lt. Brian McGregor

 Email:     bmcgregor@kennerpd.com

 Office:    (504) 712-2252

 Date:    5/18/16

Parolee targeted the elderly in scam

 Kenner - 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. 

 Davis 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. 

 Some 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 returned.   

 In a 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 medical conditions. 

 The 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. 

 Davis 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.  

 At 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. 

 The 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. 

 
 

Michael
J.
Glaser

Chief of Police

 

 
 
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