Georgetown Bank Teller Steals $185,000 From Homeless Customer With Garbage Bag Full Of Cash

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Where did all this money come from?

That’s probably the first question that Phelon Davis of District Heights, Maryland, asked himself when a homeless man shuffled into the Wells Fargo branch in Georgetown where Davis worked as a teller three years ago and tried to deposit a garbage bag full of cash.

His next question was probably "do you think he'd notice if some of it went missing?"

Instead of helping the customer deposit the money into his account, Davis instead decided to take advantage of the situation, setting up a fraudulent second account under the customers’ name and eventually stealing more than $185,000 from the man, according to the Washington Post.

The 29-year-old bank teller stole more than $185,000 from a homeless customer who tried to deposit a garbage bag full of cash at a Wells Fargo branch in Georgetown.

In a deal with prosecutors, Davis pleaded guilty this week to one federal felony count of interstate transportation of stolen property, which is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Deepening the intrigue surrounding the story, the court filings didn’t name the man, or furnish an explanation as to how he came to possess such a large sum of cash. It describes the man only as a "street vendor."

Here’s WaPo with more:

The victim was unnamed in court filings but was described as a homeless street vendor and longtime Wells Fargo customer who had more than one account that had gone dormant because of a lack of activity.


Court filings did not identify the customer or say why a homeless person would have a large amount of cash in a bag when he showed up at the M Street NW branch where Davis worked. Outside the courtroom, Davis’s attorney, Bruce Allen Johnson Jr., said he also did not know how the individual came to have the cache of cash. “That’s the million-dollar question,” Johnson said.


In plea papers, Davis acknowledged that the customer had “thousands of dollars of cash” that he wanted to deposit in October 2014, but he lacked identification. Davis told the customer where to get ID documents and a Social Security card, and also noted the customer “had a surprisingly large balance with the bank,” according to a signed, three-page statement of the crime.

Soon after the customer tried to deposit the cash, Davis fraudulently opened a new account by forging the customer’s signature, set up an ATM card, personal identification number, email address and online logon that he controlled.

He initially funded the account with $3,000 from one of the customer’s other accounts, according to WaPo.

Slowly over the next two years, Davis transferred $177,400 between the customer’s accounts, withdrew $185,440, and transported at least $5,000 withdrawn from ATMs in DC to his home in Maryland – triggering the federal charge.

The customer remained oblivious to the fraud, as he could only see the balance by checking on his account at an ATM.

Davis used the stolen money for a down payment on his home, to pay off personal debt, and fund vacations in Aruba, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic and Mexico.

As part of his plea, Davis agreed to pay back the stolen money, and Assistant US Attorney Kondi J. Kleinman said he would likely face a sentence of 18 to 30 months under federal guidelines. However, the sentencing judge has discretion to assign a longer, or shorter, sentence.  

“Did you, in fact, take money from an account as Mr. Kleinman described?” U.S. Magistrate Robin M. Meriweather asked in the Thursday plea hearing.


“Yes, ma’am, I did,” said the soft-spoken Davis.

Davis’s attorney, Johnson, said outside of court that “he greatly regrets the decisions he made and is dedicated to doing everything he can to make it right, including restitution. He is putting everything aside to repay the money and do what he can to repair what he’s done to his name, his reputation and to the victim.”

WaPo reports that a date for Davis’s sentencing hasn’t been set.

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cossack55's picture

So a teller goes to the slammer and the WF CEO gets a bonus. Welcome to the USSA

Jus7tme's picture

Wait a minute, Phelon was just opening one of those extra accounts that he would get a bonus for. You know, the ones that the CEO had asked for.

ACP's picture

Dindu teller steals from a dindu drug dealer and goes to jail, classic.

peddling-fiction's picture

Lots of targeted individuals are driven homeless by the neo-Stasi.

JackT's picture

He's a street vendor outside the FED

beemasters's picture

Phelon Davis...
And with a name like that, whose fault really is that??

MagicHandPuppet's picture

Did this "homeless street vendor" happen to witness the DNC hit of Seth Rich ?

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

In other news, NYC Banker are steal $5T from soon to be homeless Amerikansky citizenry. Federal Reserve is not respond to call or make comment.

FixItAgainTony's picture

Boris, aren't you supposed to be working on undermining the Catalan referendum instead of gloating on ZH about Politburo chair Yellen's central committee associates?

Still, good to see you on this Yom Kippur.

johngaltfla's picture

So how/why the fuck isn't this alleged criminal a full parter at Goldman Sachs yet?

Offthebeach's picture

You got to make your bones first.  If the guy was a kid, living in a ventilator with polio.  The ventilator in a rat filled alley with a extension tapped into an abandoned Sears street lamp, AND you sodomized him, plus sold him $. 180k Puerto Rican unsecured bonds at par, then maybe, just, you could get an application.

Escrava Isaura's picture


A homeless street vendor in Georgetown with $185 thousand dollars in cash?

I am going crazy trying to put a face to this homeless/vendor.

I can remember the Africans selling fake high end bags and watches, but they were too sophisticated to fall for such scheme.

There was a homeless young guy that used to stand at the same block as Wells Fargo but in front of Sun Trust. The only other homeless was the one that hanged around the former Brigs bank.

If I had to bet I would say the one in front of the Sun Trust.


Tarzan's picture

With Names like Phelon Davis, and Reality Winner in the news, I wonder is anything real any more, have we all slipped into a trans?

It makes me long for the day that God opens our eyes. 

Isiah said it best...


 Oh, that You would rend the heavens and come down,

That the mountains might quake at Your presence

boattrash's picture

What do you want to bet that the thieving cocksucker pays his "restitution" with money he stole from someone else?

Yog Soggoth's picture

You mean like Barak Obama and Osama Bin Laden? Did not seen real to me back then.

political_proxy's picture

$185k is not nearly enough to buy a reservation at that club.

Déjà view's picture


Fast forward 2057...Anytown 'fortune tellers' on avg. $tole from EACH newborn who remain oblivious to fraud committed by current spendthrift 'Phelons' used for downpayments on wars...pensions...bonuses...Chicom garbage...something-for-nothing 'Feral' Gov...etc...

a Smudge by any other name's picture

Ho ho!

I hope the teller lives forever. My ancestors will not treat him kindly in the next place.

jeff montanye's picture

who has the time machine, you or your ancestors?

Nekoti's picture

Homeless? They can have my home when they pry it from my cold dead hand.

DontGive's picture

Get pulled over with cash, and gets confiscated...

a Smudge by any other name's picture

Oh hey DG I am still pondering on that sample data you sent me. No news there. The light of inspiration has yet to suffuse my countenance.

political_proxy's picture

along with everything else you own 
fret not, at least you have no recourse

adamas's picture

We love your accent Boris +1000

FEDbuster's picture

Just wondering if the homeless guy's name was John Corzine?

NvrGivUp's picture

Bruno_ the_challenged? How can you be unable to do a simple google search in 2017?

Jack McGriff's picture

This story is a great example of black privilege.  Whitey trying to deposit $185,000 in CASH would have had it all seized under Asset Forfeiture Laws and might even be charged with money laundering.  

jcaz's picture

"Phelon" Davis= Felon Davis- 

His black mama was clairoyant when she named that one......

overbet's picture

Kinda off topic, but funny story. When I was younger I dated this super hot super slutty fuck machine. All she ever wanted to do was smoke pot and fuck which was fine with me being in my late teens. She was not to bright to begin with and just plain retared when she was high.

She was a cocktail waitress at a nightlclub when I met her. Later she got a job as a bank teller. Her first day on the job she cashed one of those "this is not a check" mail flyers. Dumb bitch, but one of the great fuck buddies in my lifetime. 

Scuba Steve's picture

any idea of her name and current address ... maybe a phone number?

askin for a friend.

Peanut Butter Engineer's picture

That dumb bitch sound like another one of his imagery gf that he used to fuck while stroking off with his left hand. You can now just PM him.

SoilMyselfRotten's picture

Was her first name Janet? If you squint real hard(closed) she gets kinda hot.

kwality's picture

Even then she knew she'd find a much better place, either with or without you, eh?

Donald J. Trump's picture

How did you know her name was Cairoyant?

Offthebeach's picture

I would of thought real news would of been "Black Didn't Steal".  Above the fold news.  Exclusive.  Maybe run feature series over the week explaining how come.

bannedonce's picture

Don’t you mean... Claire Huxtable?

SoilMyselfRotten's picture

Her online handle is Eclairvoyant

Blue Steel 309's picture

I can't really blame a homeless person for not realizing to hand a dindu bank teller a bunch of cash.

They all have mental problems.

I would expect nothing less than a dindu to take advantage of the less fortunate. I mean slavery and they was KANGZ!

ReturnOfDaMac's picture

How the fuck do you kown he was a dindu?  My money says he's an exctional...everybody knows they all steal.

Blue Steel 309's picture

Like most of us who commented. We looked it up. When you find information on your own, you are allowed to make opinions. You, however, should keep your cock holster shut.

ReturnOfDaMac's picture

Goddammit Steel, when you're right you're right. Sumbich was a dindu, found it and stand corrected ...

Endgame Napoleon's picture

Actually, an algorithm forced the young, low-wage bank employees to try to upsell products with high margins to every customer, even during service transactions. They could not shift to the next screen to complete the transaction until they had tried to sell a credit card or whatever. The algorithm forced them to have sales swagger.

Of course, it was a very bad thing to do. He should not have done this, but I feel a little sorry for him. Banks pay their low-level staff as little as insurance companies. They will likely throw the book at him, and unlike some of these guys, there will be no $18 million severance bonus. One of the many mistakes this guy made was assuming that he knew how much money someone had by his appearance.

JRobby's picture

Yes, that seems obvious. As well as the fact that Wells is a criminal organization that rewards criminal behavior with bonuses.

They more tham likely screen for criminals in pre-employment testing.

Dan'l's picture

Phelon is now a felon.

Eyes Opened's picture

He's lucky he does not live in Vietnam or prison would be the least of his problems.....

OverTheHedge's picture

Are we going to make any comment about the "massive dong grab" in your link?

Or would that be racist?

Nekoti's picture

Couldn't have said it better.