KENNER, LA (WVUE) - A Kenner woman who stole $1,340 from unsuspecting elderly people by selling them fake raffle tickets will be sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Tammy Marie Davis, 49, pleaded guilty as charged Thursday to 16 felony counts of exploitation of the infirm, bank fraud, possession of cocaine and to misdemeanor counts of theft, possession of drug paraphernalia and theft from an aged or disabled person. The crimes occurred in Kenner in 2016.
Davis struck up conversations with her victims during which she asked about their doctors, according to the Kenner Police Department. She then would lie to the victims, telling them she knew the doctor and that his child was suffering from an illness or disease. She further asserted she was selling raffle tickets to a fundraising event to raise money for the ill child. In several cases, the victims only had $100 bills, which they provided as payment for the tickets. Davis offered to make change, taking the $100 bills but never returning.
In one such case, Davis approached a 73-year-old woman at a credit union, asking the victim if she recognized her from a doctor's office. Davis asserted she was selling the raffle tickets at $10 each. The victim only had a $100 bill, which she gave to Davis. Davis stole the money.
The bank fraud charge stems from her befriending an 81-year-old man suffering from dementia and Alzheimer's disease. She went with the man to his bank, where she forged his signature on a check made out to cash. When Davis tried to cash the check, a teller noticed the hand-writing differences. David fled before police arrived. The victim, meanwhile, needed medical attention because of his illness.
Police were able to identify Davis through the Louisiana Department of Probation and Parole, leading to her arrest on May 16, 2016. She was serving parole through December 2017 for a purse-snatching conviction.
Questioned by Kenner police, Davis confessed to the crimes and said she needed money to feed her crack cocaine addiction. During the arrest, officers found a rock of crack cocaine in her pocket and a glass pipe used to smoke crack. Police also found numbered raffle tickets in her pockets, her car and her apartment.
Judge Henry Sullivan of the 24th Judicial District Court accepted the guilty pleas. Davis will be returned to court Feb. 16, when Judge Sullivan will sentence her.