Suspect in drug treatment fraud released on house arrest

Dec 29, 2016
Francine Davis, 44, one of six people arrested as part of an alleged health care fraud scheme reportedly orchestrated by Kenny Chatman. Facebook photo

One of the six people arrested as part of an alleged drug treatment fraud scheme reportedly orchestrated by Kenny Chatman was allowed to be released on bond on Thursday.

Fransesia “Francine” Davis, 44, will be confined to house arrest after her father and aunt posted her $250,000 bond. She will live with her aunt and won’t be allowed to leave the house except to go to court, meet her lawyer or for medical or religious needs.

Davis faces up to 10 years in federal prison on a charge of conspiracy to commit health care fraud relating to Chatman’s Reflections Treatment Center and affiliated sober homes.

She was an employee of Chatman’s for years, mostly running his sober homes. The criminal complaint says a confidential witness told prosecutors that she was prostituted at one of the homes Davis operated.

One of Chatman’s patients told the FBI that she was kept in the home, where the windows were screwed shut, and had no access to the outside world, according to a federal complaint. She said Chatman offered her free rent and did not require that she go to treatment if she would engage in prostitution, the complaint says.

Prosecutors expect to convene a federal grand jury next month, which will be asked to indict Chatman on various charges, including human trafficking, forcing prostitution, operating a house for illicit drug use and illegal weapon possession.

A former employee told police Davis used her own urine and passed it off as patients’ drug test samples, and other employees said Davis paid kickbacks and bribes to patients to keep them going to Reflections, according to the complaint.

Outside the federal courthouse in West Palm Beach, Davis’ daughter, Nicole, said she warned her mother to leave the business after she saw a Palm Beach Post story published a year ago that exposed Chatman’s alleged ties to prostitution.

“I’ve been trying to tell her to let Kenny sink on his own,” Nicole Davis, 29, said.

She said her mother first met Chatman years ago, when her mother was homeless. Chatman, who she said managed a sober home across the street from her mother’s ex-boyfriend, took her in and gave her a job.

Francine Davis has been convicted of credit card and check fraud in the past.

“She turned her whole life around for that job,” her daughter said.

Nicole Davis said she managed one of Chatman’s homes, at 3401 Westview Ave. in West Palm Beach, for three months.

She said she believed the allegations about rampant drug use in Chatman’s sober homes, but never witnessed prostitution, and the patients staying in the home were allowed to come and go as they pleased.

She said she didn’t like Chatman, whom she found cocky and verbally abusive. Chatman remains in jail without bond.

“He can stay in there,” she said.