A bank teller stole nearly $200,000 from a homeless man, using the money to fund a series of lavish international vacations, put a downpayment on a house and pay off some personal debt, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Phelon Davis, a 29-year-old from District Heights, Maryland, likely faces up to 30 months in prison after he pled guilty to interstate transportation of stolen property, the U.S. Attorney’s Office wrote.
Davis, who worked in 2014 as a bank teller in a Washington, D.C. bank, stole money from a longtime homeless customer, who earned money as a street vendor.
The homeless man had multiple accounts open with the bank, according to NPR, but the accounts had gone dormant by October 2014.
That some month, the homeless man entered the bank and attempted to deposit thousands of dollars he had in a garbage bag into a bank account.
But Davis, after telling him that his account had gone dormant, pointed the man to where he could obtain a social security card and other identification documents, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
That’s when Davis realized just how much money the homeless man had in his accounts — tens of thousands of dollars — and opened a fraudulent account in the man’s name to transfer money to.
He used homeless…