Man imprisoned for credit fraud pleads guilty to contempt charge Ex-trucking executive made political donations

August 05, 1998|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF

A former Baltimore County trucking company executive who made large donations to political candidates pleaded guilty yesterday to contempt of court charges involving his fraudulent credit card and bank check use.

Brian H. Davis, 52, who is serving a sentence for bank fraud and tax violation in the Federal Correctional Institution at Cumberland, appeared yesterday before U.S. District Judge Marvin J. Garbis. Sentencing for the new charges is set for Oct. 28.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Dale P. Kelberman said that Davis engaged in credit card fraud and bank fraud from June to August 1997 -- a period when he'd been convicted and was about to be sent to prison.

Court papers state that in December 1996, Davis was indicted by a grand jury and charged with multiple counts of bank fraud and tax violations. Later in the month, he was freed on the condition that he not violate any state or federal law.

In March 1997, Davis pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to 63 months in the federal penitentiary. But before he went to prison, he continued to break the law, prosecutors said.

In yesterday's action, Davis admitted to fraudulently obtaining and using Sunoco, Shell Oil, American Express, First Omni Bank and First USA credit cards. He also wrote fraudulent checks drawn on the Provident Bank. Davis admitted that the illegal credit card use occurred in the weeks before he was to enter federal prison.

"Mr. Davis realizes he made some serious and substantial mistakes and he's come forward and expressed regret for his actions," said Thomas L. Crowe, Davis' lawyer.

Court papers said Davis also illegally attempted to obtain credit cards in the name of Raffaele Mazzone, the assistant manager of Liberatore's, a Timonium restaurant that Davis patronized.

Mazzone learned that someone was using his name for credit card purposes while he was at a Harford County fair, where the Maryland Department of Motor Vehicles maintained a booth for citizens to check their driving records.

Mazzone found that Davis had obtained a copy of Mazzone's driving record, which was sent to Davis' Lutherville address.

Davis also used a former girlfriend's name to obtain a credit card, court documents say.

Federal and state records show that between 1991 and 1995, Davis, his family, business ventures and employees gave $252,227 to the Republican and Democratic parties.

At least $75,000 of the contributions violated spending limits or were given in the name of relatives who had nothing to do with the gifts.

Pub Date: 8/05/98

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