‘Modern-day Bonnie and Clyde’ ordered to pay restitution

Corey and Yolanda Davis took cash advances, charged rentals to employer

WAILUKU — A couple described as a “modern-day Bonnie and Clyde” have been ordered to pay thousands of dollars in restitution to their former employer after receiving cash advances and charging car rentals to the company while on vacation.

“Basically, you did bite the hand that fed you,” 2nd Circuit Judge Rhonda Loo said in sentencing Corey Davis on July 12. “Not only bit it, you chewed it up and spit it out.”

Davis, 40, of Kihei had pleaded no contest to second-degree theft.

The theft occurred from June 6 to Sept. 22, 2017, from Envisions Entertainment, according to court records.

Davis and his wife were employees of the company and had access to a company “wizard number” that they used to obtain rental cars in Baltimore and Kingston, Jamaica, that were charged to the company account, said Deputy Prosecutor Jeffery Temas.

He said the couple also received cash advances from the company.

Davis’ attorney, Jon Apo, said Davis and his wife “took their independent vacations,” as he went to Baltimore and she went to Jamaica.

Apo said Davis has no prior criminal record and was working.

Davis and his wife agreed to transfer their retirement accounts to go toward restitution. “He essentially lost his retirement there,” Apo said. “He’s starting from scratch again.”

Davis asked for a chance to keep the felony theft conviction off his record.

Judge Loo denied the request, saying she was concerned about the amount of restitution and “how you manipulated your employer and absconded.”

She noted that Davis and his wife had been longtime company employees who were trusted and treated like family. “When you asked for cash advances, they gave you cash advances,” Loo said.

She said the company also gave the couple additional time off when they called and said there had been a death in the family. “That was a bogus death in the family,” Loo said.

The Davises didn’t return to work, Loo said.

She said the couple were “kind of like a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde.”

“Instead of robbing banks, you guys robbed your employer,” Loo said.

Davis was ordered to pay $11,500 in restitution jointly with his wife, Yolanda Davis, 41, who was sentenced on June 27.

He also was ordered to pay $1,904 in restitution on his own and to pay $5,011 in extradition costs for bringing him back to Maui from Baltimore to face the charge.

Yolanda Davis was ordered to pay an additional $2,720 in restitution as part of her sentence.

Both Davises were placed on four years’ probation and ordered to write letters apologizing to the company.

Yolanda Davis was ordered to perform 200 hours of community service.

Judge Loo said she would withhold imposing the same amount of community service for Corey Davis until a Dec. 27 return date to monitor his restitution payments.

* Lila Fujimoto can be reached at lfujimoto@mauinews.com.