In the 21 months she has been suspended from the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Tamara Davis has earned $70,000.
That ended Nov. 3 when Mayor Bill Peduto changed her status to “suspended without pay” after she was formally charged with multiple felony counts of theft, forgery and misuse of public funds.
Davis, 48, was arraigned before District Justice Oscar Petite and released on her own recognizance, thus bringing to a close the long and twisted corruption investigation of city officials that put former Chief of police Nate Harper behind bars.
In total, Davis is charged with stealing various amounts totaling $9,165 between 2009 and 2012. Among these are $2,000 that was supposed to be spent on backpacks for the bureau’s youth program, and $4,000 she withdrew to purchase riot gear for the G-20 Summit.
In both instances, Davis, a civilian payroll clerk who worked in the bureau and had a side business with Harper, allegedly spent the money on herself.