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June 29, 2016

Minn. Charity Leader's Son Convicted in Fraud Conspiracy

The son of a Minneapolis nonprofit leader who admitted earlier this month to misspending hundreds of thousands of dollars in charity funds was himself convicted Tuesday in connection with the fraud scheme, the Star Tribune reports. A federal jury found Jordan Davis, a Minneapolis police officer, guilty Tuesday of conspiring with his father, Bill Davis, to steal from Community Action of Minneapolis via paychecks from a charity-run business venture.

The younger Mr. Davis helped run an ice-cream shop that Community Action established as part of a job-training program for at-risk youths. Prosecutors said he continued collecting wages, amounting to $140,000, after he left the store to join the police force full time. He was convicted of aiding and abetting mail fraud and theft from an organization that received federal funds.

Bill Davis, the longtime CEO of the now-defunct social-service charity, pleaded guilty June 16 to 16 counts of theft and fraud, admitting that he spent Community Action funds on a car, a Bahamas vacation, and other personal expenses.