BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Former Buffalo Common Councilman Brian Davis, 41, has been indicted by a federal grand jury on four counts of theft concerning programs receiving federal funds.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Russell T. Ippolito, Jr., Davis is accused of diverting more than $40,000 in City of Buffalo discretionary funds for his own use and the use of others.
According to the indictment, Davis, who was responsible for distributing discretionary funds for public benefit purposes, is accused of funneling city funds through not-for-profit pass through agencies and personal friends, and ultimately to himself.
"This Indictment should serve as a reminder that public officials are in a position of trust and that taxpayers funds are not intended for personal gain but for the public good," said U.S. Attorney William Hochul.
Davis could face a maximum sentence for each count of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 or both.