Ex-councilman guilty of stealing $500K from parents

Boyd C. Davis Jr.
Boyd C. Davis Jr.
Posted: September 26, 2012

He embezzled the money through a variety of tricks and schemes, and the victims were his elderly parents.

Such cases aren't all that unusual, Chester County District Attorney Thomas Hogan said this morning, but what set the case apart was the amount involved - over $500,000.

A Chester County Court jury on Monday convicted Boyd C. Davis Jr., a member of a county heating-oil dynasty and former West Chester councilman, of 80 counts of theft and fraud in what District Attorney Thomas Hogan called a "shocking abuse of trust."

Davis used "mulitiple schemes" to steal the money, and according to the affidavit, after his father suffered a debilitating stroke he engineered changes to the will to cut out his siblings.

Davis's attorney, Evan Kelly, said that he would appeal the verdict, adding the issues involved whether his parents objected to his use of the money and whether Davis acted with "criminal intent."

Davis was convicted of looting the estates of Boyd Davis Sr. and Nelda Wynn Davis, primarily in 2006 and 2007.

He was charged with using his power of attorney to misappropriate more than $500,000 from his parents' accounts. His father suffering from strokes and dementia, died at the age of 91 in 2007; his mother was 96 when she died in August 2010.

Said Hogan, "This just totally tore the family apart."


Contact Anthony R. Wood at 610-313-8210 or twood@phillynews.com

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