Man faces charges of selling bogus ads Towson resident, 32, is accused of raising about $115,000

September 18, 1996|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,SUN STAFF

Is there a con artist so bold he would try to make money by tricking the Baltimore County executive and council? School principals and nearly 300 business owners? Even county police?

That's what police allege Glenn Stanley Davis, 32, of Towson did during the past two years.

They say he used bogus government endorsements to sell $114,580 worth of ads in a proposed anti-drug and -alcohol daily planner for students in four county high schools -- a project that failed to appear last month as promised.

Davis was warned by police in June to stop claiming a police endorsement to sell ads.

But he didn't stop, police say.

Despite the warning, Deborah Chenowith, a police investigator who worked three months on the case with Detective Janet Ensor, said Davis appeared surprised and befuddled when he was arrested at home Friday and charged with both felony and misdemeanor theft.

He is free on $10,000 bail.

"I don't understand what's going on," Chenowith quoted Davis as saying as police searched his apartment.

Davis was unavailable for comment yesterday.

Davis, described by several acquaintances as a likable young man, gave a local printer a $2,000 check to start the work last week.

But the check bounced, and Davis hasn't produced any more payments toward printing costs of about $11,000, the firm's owner said.

His company, Scholastic SAdvantage, is a play on the county's student anti-drug and -alcohol group, SADD, or Students Against Drunk Driving.

He operated from home, and from a one-person office rented in a third-floor suite in Timonium.

An employee of the firm that rented him the space said yesterday that Davis hasn't been seen there for several weeks.

Simon Jarosinski Jr., treasurer for Baltimore County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger III's campaign fund, was typical of Davis' customers. Jarosinski bought a $295 ad for what he thought was a sports booster publication for Dulaney High School, from which both Ruppersberger children graduated.

"We were misled. We've given a lot of things to Dulaney," Jarosinski said, adding that he thought the advertisement would benefit the school.

Businesses that bought ads, police said, included local stores such as Raver's Meats, which bought a $395 ad for Towson High School; ice cream stores; carryouts; and other businesses in Baltimore, Harford and Anne Arundel counties.

Police say Davis had approached principals of many schools, obtaining signatures on endorsement letters from those whose students were to receive the daily planners.

Pub Date: 9/18/96

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