Brian Davis

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Former Ellicott District Council member Brian Davis will face sentencing for his theft of public funds next month.

Through a plea deal reached in May, Davis filed an admission to stealing $48,000 while serving as a public official. He will be required to make full restitution when US Judge Richard Arcara hands down the sentence. Federal guidelines allow for a sentence of up to ten years in prison for the crime.

Federal prosecutors are pushing for a sentence of at least two years in prison.

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Former Common Council member Brian Davis pleaded guilty Tuesday to stealing $48,000 dollars in federal funds from the City of Buffalo. 

Davis  admitted the crime as part of a plea deal involving his cooperation with investigations at City Hall. 

"Today's developments mark one of the first times, in recent memory, that an elected official has been convicted of actually stealing money in his care," said U.S. Attorney William Hochul.

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Brian Davis, the former Ellicott District representative on the Common Council, could seek a plea deal at a court appearance this week.

Davis faces embezzlement charges for scheming to redirect nearly $50 thousand in federal funds for personal use. According to the News, Davis could face up to ten years in prison, though a deal would lessen that sentence. It could also require that he testify in the federal investigation into City Hall's use of federal funds allocated through the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Investigations by federal prosecutors have uncovered a tangent in the case against one-time Councilman Brian Davis.

Davis is facing charges for diverting taxpayer funds for his personal use. Investigators have learned that the Lincoln Navigator that Davis drove for years was provided by to him by businessman Charles Barone. The vehicle was a benefit rewarding Davis for steering a lucrative contract Barone's way.

The News reports a judge has ruled that this evidence will not be entered into the case prosecutors are developing.