Instead of mourning the death of their father, two of his children are accused of spending nearly every penny he had to his name.
On November 6, 2014, David Earl Braswell passed away at his home on Booker Dairy Road in Smithfield. His death was due to natural causes. Mr. Braswell was just 10 days away from celebrating his 65th birthday.
Shortly after Braswell’s death authorities said his two daughters, Sharon Braswell Davis and Shirley Marie Farmer, were appointed co-administrators of his estate, which included approximately $58,000 in cash. They were entrusted to fulfill their late father’s last wishes and to take care of his financial and legal matters. Plans were reportedly in place to pay for his funeral then equally divide the remaining balance between five relatives.
Instead, Davis and Farmer allegedly obtained debit cards to access funds in the estate’s Wells Fargo bank account. Between February and June 2015, nearly all the money was spent by the women, according to the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office. Detectives obtained a search warrant for the bank account transactions and reportedly determined Davis embezzled and converted to her own personal use $26,620.61. Farmer allegedly stole $30,295.01. Altogether, $56,915.62 was misappropriated, authorities allege.
Investigators said the case was very complex and took some time to investigate.
On September 3, 2019, Sharon Braswell Davis, 44, of E. Vance Street, Fuquay Varina was indicted by a Johnston County Grand Jury and charged with a single felony count of embezzlement. Shirley Marie Farmer, 46, of Whitley Church Road, Princeton was arrested in November 2018 for embezzlement. Farmer is scheduled to appear in Johnston County District Court on September 26, 2019 to answer to the charges.