James F. Davis, of Croydon, was arraigned Tuesday on two felony theft counts and a misdemeanor, securing execution of documents by deception, according to court documents and published reports.
Davis, 60, was arraigned this week before District Court Judge Frank Peranteau, who set bail at $30,000. A hearing is scheduled for Sept. 26.
Davis is the husband of State Rep. Tina Davis, who has not been charged in the case.
Rep. Davis, a Democrat, is running for two positions in the upcoming election: Re-election as state representative and also for the state senate seat held by Republican State Sen. Tommy Tomlinson.
Bucks authorities claim James Davis deceived the Bucks County Housing Authority when he agreed to pay all the utilities of a tenant on housing assistance. However, court documents allege he required the woman to pay her own electric/utility bill at the Croydon home on Grant Avenue.
According to his contract with the housing authority, the larger portion of a tenant’s utilities the landlord agrees to pay, the greater subsidy the landlord receives (from the authority) toward the tenant’s rent and utilities. Police say Davis received more than $30,000 in housing assistance payments from the authority.