Pastor Anthony L. Davis, supposedly a pillar of Deerfield Beach society, is a lying sack of shit.
But today, let’s not worry about what the folks in DC are going to do, but concentrate ourselves locally.
Fans of MAOS will recall our long-time fascination with Davis and his target-rich environment of corruption, they’ll also remember the award of $17,000 in HUD grant money (max. grant of $15,000), and be aware he’s a liar.
For those to lazy to read that doc, here’s the Cliff Notes:
- Pages 1-2: The City of Deerfield Beach Housing Repair Program Application, signed by Davis and his wife Margaret Davis, dated 10/18/2006.
- Pages 3-5: From the same application, a breakdown of assets owned by the Davises, which would include any property/real estate owned. None listed.
- Page 4: Davis signature, right below the text indicating filing a false application is a violation of Florida Law (FS 817).
- Page 6-7: Agreement, dated 12/15/2006, between the Davises and Beatrice T. Pomares for a buyout of a Coconut Creek condo. Value of the refinancing terms is $245,000, for which the Davises are declared to own 95%.
- Page 8: Court order, dated 11/1/2010, transferring title for Pomares to the Davises.
- Page 9: Notice of Lis Pendens on behalf of Wells Fargo, dated 4/9/2012, filed against the Davises.
My friends at the New Times have also covered this story in great detail.
The following is from Tom Francis’ 2010 article.
In 2005, Davis and his wife, Margaret, had applied through the Community Development Block Grant to have improvements made to their bathroom that would make it more accessible to their daughter, who has a disability.
Among [Community Development Division contractor] Beth Kofsky’s tasks, she was to ensure that the Davises qualified for a program that’s designed to benefit low-income families. At a minimum, that means scrutinizing the couple’s personal tax returns.
The Davises’ IRS filings from that year, however, show that they reported more than $46,000 in income, meaning they rated as “moderate,” not “low” income. That alone should have been enough to disqualify them, based on what the audit found.
The Davises are associated with a number of other local corporations, but there’s no indication that Kofsky contacted the treasurers of those corporations to get a certified report about whether those were a source of additional income for the couple. In addition, the audit found that Kofsky had neglected to account for the Davises’ ownership interest in other local properties.
Asked why she qualified the Davises for bathroom improvements, Kofsky said that she didn’t have a clear memory of that particular contract. She pointed out, “The city has the final say on income qualification.”
If it wasn’t the city’s fault, Kofsky speculated that the client (the Davises in this case) may have been to blame. “If people don’t give information accurately on their application… we don’t assume the role of FBI,” she said. “We have to rely on people who apply to be truthful.”
My interview with Davis took place earlier this month, before the audit’s release. At the conclusion of the conversation, Davis made clear that it would be the last time he spoke to me. “I don’t like being part of a fishing expedition,” he said, adding that he and his fellow corporate officers had cooperated fully with the city’s auditor. “We don’t have anything to hide.”
And about a year later, Matt Hendley also took a look:
New Times asked Davis last week if he could respond to the accusation that he omitted information about his assets from the grant application.
Davis said there was an inquiry from the Broward Sheriff’s Office — Davis’ former employer — but he said they found no wrongdoing on his behalf.
Kessler, however, was never given the chance to review the information Davis says he gave to the BSO before while the Kessler report was being compiled.
When the auditor discovered questionable spending of other grant money received by Davis, Kessler asked for the books on the Brotherly Love King’s Table Community Development.
Davis responded to Kessler by saying he “cannot shut down operations to locate five years worth of records,” the report says.
He later later told the auditor that his attorney advised him not to provide records that “compromise our agency or staff’s personal security,” according to the report.
According to the Broward County Property Appraiser’s Office, Davis currently owns three other properties besides the home that was remodeled with the grant.The other is a unit at the Evergreen Lakes Condominiums in Coconut Creek of which Davis and his wife have retained 70 percent ownership since November 2005.
None of those properties made an appearance on the application for the grant.
Aside from this, Davis repeatedly denied to New Times that his association with the former Community Development Block Grant director for the city, Stephanie McMillian, influenced his acquisition of the CDBG funds.
We ask because McMillian — who is related to former Commissioner Sylvia Poitier — was listed as an officer of the Davises’ Brotherly Love King’s Table Community Development Corp. in a 2007 corporate filing.
So in the upcoming days, when Davis professes his innocence, you’ll know better.
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