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Former forger charged with neglecting adult child

Becky Campbell • Updated Feb 6, 2020 at 11:29 AM

A former Johnson City employee convicted in 2009 of skimming $240,000 from a bid-rigging scheme is now charged with gross negligence of an adult.

His wife is also charged, and the alleged victim is their son.

Danny L. Davis, 67, and Elisa Kay Davis, 65, 1915 Woodland Ave., were indicted last year on one county of gross negligence of an impaired adult. According to the presentment returned by a grand jury in September, the Davises are accused of neglecting Dustin Davis, “an impaired adult, and the neglect resulted in serious mental or physical harm.”

There are few details in the court file about the case since it was a secret indictment, but in motions filed by the Davises — who are apparently representing themselves at this point — they indicate that a psychological examination of their son found him to be “not impaired” or “not disabled.” Dustin Davis apparently had filed for disability benefits, but was denied.

The Davises claim in their motion that due to that examination, “the state inaccurately characterized and depicted Dustin Davis as an impaired adult.”

Danny Davis’ previous encounter with the courts stemmed from a 2008 charge of theft over $60,000, official misconduct and 23 counts of forgery. At the time, Davis was a 26-year employee of the city of Johnson City and worked for the city’s Department of Community and Economic Development. Part of his duties included being in charge of the city’s program to provide low-cost home improvement services through HUD to low-income families and supervised the bidding process.

Prosecutors said Davis used his position to under-bid other construction companies so he could direct the work to a company he created, which gave him ill-gained income. Davis bid the jobs using a company called Gray Home Improvements, which he helped run with his wife using the name D.L. Neal.

His company was awarded the bids, he subcontracted with work out to others, and the work was completed properly.

But because of his position with the city, Davis was ineligible to place bids for the work. His scheme fell apart after another contractor who bid on the same jobs but always lost out to Davis’ shell company started digging into how he could never win bids.

Danny and Elisa Davis’ next appearance in Washington County Criminal Court is scheduled for Tuesday.

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