Mayor Requests Audit Following Davis Indictment

May 11, 2011 Updated May 11, 2011 at 6:43 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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May 11, 2011 Updated May 11, 2011 at 6:43 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - The Mayor of Buffalo is calling for an investigation after a former councilman is accused of stealing thousands of dollars meant to help his district. Tuesday, former Ellicott District Common Council member Brian Davis was indicted by a federal grand jury. It's alleged while serving his district from 2006-2009, Davis diverted thousands of dollars of money into his own pocket that was suppose to help his district. The indictment says once Davis received funding from the city each year, he'd distribute it to several organizations, but told them where to spend it and directing it back to himself. United States District Attorney William Hochul would not elaborate on how much money Davis received, but original numbers put it over $40,000.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown is now calling on an audit of the Common Council's "discretionary" fund in light of Davis' indictment. Brown released this statement to Eyewitness News:

""My administration does not oversee or administer these expenditures and therefore I believe it's appropriate for the Office of Comptroller to conduct a thorough review," wrote Brown. "Although I certainly hope that this is an isolated incident, I believe that greater accountability and tighter controls are needed".

Davis is facing 4 counts of theft, which are all federal felonies. The charges carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in jail. Davis is expected in federal court Monday.