Man accused of stealing from client in veterans program
TOWN OF ROCK—A caseworker in a program for homeless veterans is accused of stealing from one of his clients.
Tremain A. Davidson, 37, of 1947 Church St., Beloit, was charged with identity theft for financial gain and the theft of movable property, according to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday.
Reported taken was nearly $10,000 in cash and an estimated $2,000 in property.
According to the criminal complaint, Davidson worked as a veteran's case manager at Rock Valley Community Programs from March 2012 to May 2013.
Rock Valley houses a variety of programs, including one for homeless veterans.
On May 10, a veteran reported to Rock Valley Executive Director Angela Eggers that more than $9,000 was missing from his checking account, according to the criminal complaint.
A review of the victim's bank account and Davidson's account showed six wire transfers from one to the other totaling $5,905.
The victim told police that Davidson frequently took him to the bank, and had access to his bank statements and other personal information, the criminal complaint said.
On another occasion, Davidson took the victim to a “Check into Cash” business to cash his $900 Veteran's Administration benefit check. Davidson had the victim sign some paperwork, but did not return the whole amount of the check to the victim, according to the criminal complaint.
The victim told police he “was confused as to why he didn't receive the full $900, but said he trusted Davidson,” the criminal complaint said.
A review of bank documents showed that the victim also ended up paying $724 for a $300 loan that was taken out in his name that day, the criminal complaint said.
The victim also asked Davidson to help him pay off a debt at a storage facility where he was keeping some of his things. The victim wanted to transfer his property from the unit in Madison to one closer to where he lived.
In March, the victim filled out a check for $140 that was supposed to be for a new storage unit, and wrote, “6 months of storage” in the “for” section of the check. Davidson filled in his own name and cashed the check, according to the criminal complaint.
When the victim contacted the old storage facility about his belongings, he discovered they had been auctioned off for non-payment.
Davidson is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 19.