Man Sentenced to 36 Years for Welfare Fraud


By Linda Cicoira — An Onancock man was sentenced last week in Accomack Circuit Court to a total of 36 years in prison for six counts of welfare fraud.

All but 45 days of the terms were suspended for Latrell Rashawn Davis, 39, of Hall Street. Indefinite probation, five years of good behavior, and restitution of $5,960 were ordered. The crimes occurred between April 2014 and February 2019. Davis was initially charged with 10 counts of fraud.

In another case, Raynell Devine Mason, of Greenbush, was sentenced to five years with all but eight months suspended for distribution of cocaine on March 25, 2015. He was remanded to jail. Upon release, Mason will be on three years of supervised probation

Willie Wayne Hall, 58, of Deerfoot Road in Melfa, pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine on April 9. The case was continued pending completion of a presentence report.

Annabelle Cruz Vasquez, 47, of Elm Street in Exmore, pleaded guilty to giving a false statement on an application form to purchase a firearm on Oct. 8, 2018. A charge of possession of a firearm by a felon was not prosecuted. Sentencing was deferred.

Carroll Thomas Edward Baker Jr., of Parksley, pleaded guilty to fraud that occurred in December 2018. He was given a suspended three-year term for the offense. Charges of forging a public record and obtaining money by false pretenses were not prosecuted. Supervised probation was ordered for two years.

Sharmaine Kyteal Miller, of Parksley, pleaded guilty to possession of heroin and was treated under the first offender statute that allows the charge to be dismissed if she remains drug-free and of good behavior for a year. The offense occurred Nov. 9, 2018. Charges of possession of cocaine, possession of a firearm while in possession of controlled substances, and abuse and neglect of a child were not prosecuted. 

Joseph Paul Mullane, 19, of Waltham Street in Norfolk, Va., was sentenced to five years each for breaking into the home of Cindy Reed, of Pine Drive on Chincoteague, and stealing property belonging to her son on Oct. 22, 2018. All but four months of the sentences were suspended. He was put on indefinite probation.

Charles Mullins, of Wallops Island, pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine Jan. 5. He was treated under the first offender statute. 

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