Leonard Campanello, Chief of Police
197 Main St.
Gloucester , MA 01930
For Immediate Release
Monday, Dec. 1, 2014
Contact: John Guilfoil
Gloucester Police Charge Former President of Gloucester Patriots Youth Football Program with Embezzlement
Anthony Davis To Be Summonsed to Court
GLOUCESTER — Police Chief Leonard Campanello reports that the former president of the Gloucester Patriots Youth Football program has been charged with four felonies for allegedly embezzling funds from the organization over the past year.
As a result of a Gloucester Police investigation initiated at the request of the group’s board of directors, ANTHONY DAVIS, AGE 52, OF GLOUCESTER, was charged with:
- Fiduciary Embezzlement, a Felony
- Larceny over $250 by Single Scheme/Embezzlement, a Felony
- Larceny over $250, a Felony
- Larceny over $250 by False Pretense, a Felony
A Gloucester Police Investigator responded in November to a request by the board of directors of the youth football organization, reporting missing money, unpaid bills, and unauthorized purchases made against the group’s bank account.
Additionally, the organization had concerns that concession proceeds had not been deposited and team membership fee checks had not appeared in the account.
Upon discovery, the group’s directors worked with Institution for Savings to immediately halt any further damage.
The investigation showed that DAVIS took over as president and acting treasurer of the program in 2013 after the previous president left after their child had concluded his involvement in the program.
Problems began quickly, as the football coach and cheerleading coordinator reported that they had been refused funds for an annual Ad Book and necessary athletic equipment for the programs.
Instead, the investigation showed that DAVIS allegedly used the program’s debit card 75 times for charges totaling $2,256 for his own benefit, for things like gas, meals and personal auto insurance. DAVIS also allegedly wrote 13 checks, made out to “Cash,” totaling $1,728.
The organization’s board also estimates that nearly $5,000 in income from concessions and registration fees were never deposited into the bank account.
Chief Campanello praised the new leadership of the program for coming forward and removing DAVIS before more alleged damage could be done.
“The actions of one man should not cast a shadow over such an excellent organization like the Gloucester Patriots, which serves so many children in our city, many of whom may have limited means to play sports,” Chief Campanello said. “This program provides a tremendous benefit to Gloucester, and we allege that Mr. Davis took advantage of the trust that was placed in him by literally taking money away from children and using it for himself.”
DAVIS will be summonsed to Gloucester District Court at a later date.
These are allegations. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.