Eyewitness News catches up with Dexter Davis

March 28, 2011 8:32:02 PM PDT
He is a con man with a long list of victims and a criminal conviction.

Eyewitness News has done several stories on Dexter Davis.

He promises cash in exchange for small jobs.

But in the end, his victims are left with nothing.

"I want to give you a chance to defend yourself," said Eyewitness News reporter Jeff Pegues.

When Eyewitness News caught up to Dexter Davis he was working out of a Midtown business.

He'd set up shop there.

According to Eyewitness News' sources it is one of several public locations he uses to hold meetings with potential job applicants.

"When you're hired I will give you that document," Davis said in an undercover video.

As an undercover video showed, despite multiple theft charges he's still hiring.

Interviewing people for jobs that police, prosecutors, and now a member of the National Guard, don't believe exist.

"Everything he had done wrong he was trying to get us to do, that's what I came to think," said Christopher Cruz, of the National Guard.

20-year-old Christopher Cruz says Davis' flyers made it into his National Guard unit.

They promised jobs paying between $10 and $12 an hour.

Cruz agreed to wear a hidden camera for a meeting with Davis.

"We want to do this at like high schools, middle schools?" Cruz asked in the undercover video.

"Yes, the meeting will be around educational foundation. We told them junior, middle school, and so on," Davis said in the undercover video.

"He wanted us to sell stickers and school supplies, whatever he had put into boxes for us to sell," Cruz said.

"Did he want you to go into the schools too?" Pegues asked.

"Yes he did," Cruz said.

Prosecutors in Hudson County, New Jersey have heard it all before.

Just last year, Dr. Dexter Davis cheated some Hoboken High School students out of money after he hired them to sell tickets for a raffle that didn't exist.

Just weeks after Eyewitness News tracked him down at another school in Manhattan; he was arrested and pleaded guilty to theft by deception.

He got out of jail and he was given two years probation.

And another arrest in December didn't keep him off the streets for long.

In February and in March, he was passing out his business cards and hiring.

"I'm just disappointed that there is someone like that out in the community, [when there are people who are] trying to better themselves and work honestly," a resident said.

"You don't have to run again, don't run," Pegues said to Davis.

When he caught up with Dexter Davis in Midtown, he wouldn't stop to talk.

"I feel used," Davis said.

"You're sick of being used?" Pegues asked, "Do you want to defend yourself?

"No," Davis said.

He has a growing list of charges in his future and trail of potential victims in his past.

"He doesn't see anything wrong with what he's doing," Cruz said.

"Dexter? Do you have jobs for these people? Do you know cops are looking for you? You don't want to talk?" Pegues asked.

Davis didn't answer.