Brian Davis, an ex-city council member in Buffalo, New York, is seeking a plea deal with the government in his upcoming embezzlement case, reports The Associated Press. He is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday for a change of plea hearing.
Davis is accused of stealing more than $40,000 in taxpayer money, according to an accounts payable audit conducted by the U.S. Attorney General's Office and the FBI. According to the AP, he pleaded not guilty a year ago to the charges.
Buffalo News states that a grand jury indicted Davis on four counts of stealing government funds. He allegedly handed out federal funds to local groups in Buffalo, but then insisted some of the money be given back to him and his friends.
The news source also reports that Davis resigned from his position on the city council over two years ago after he plead guilty to stealing campaign contributions for personal use and subsequently filing incorrect financial reports with New York state.
Even though Davis has maintained his innocence since first being charged, he might now be looking to strike a plea bargain with prosecutors, says Buffalo News. He has asked his lawyer, Kimberly Schechter, to examine possible deals with the government.