Davis sentenced to 2+ years in federal prison for theft from local nonprofits

A Russell Springs man was sentenced to 2 years and 3 months in federal prison for stealing more than $300,000 from two local nonprofits.

57-year-old Charles Davis was sentenced last week after prosecutors say he stole funds from the Russell County Arts Council and ArtWorks Community Arts Education. Davis pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud.

According to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office last December after he was arrested, Davis was working as the treasurer for the Russell County Arts Council when he allegedly deposited more than $116,000 of arts council funds into his personal bank account and used those funds to pay personal credit cards.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office also said in that release Davis defrauded ArtWorks by using PayPal to transfer more than $224,000 out of the ArtWorks fund into his personal bank account.

The thefts began in 2017 and were discovered in December 2020. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Davis left the county when the thefts were discovered, later purchasing an expensive truck and travel trailer and sailing on four Caribbean cruises in 2021 and 2022.

He was arrested last December after returning from one of those cruises.

The sentence also requires that Davis pay more than $350,000 in restitution.


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