She played the system better than any of her TV roles.
An aspiring actress was sentenced to weekends in jail for a check-cashing scheme — but repeatedly outwitted authorities by signing in for the bus to Rikers Island and simply never getting on, officials said.
Parisse Daves, who had a recurring role in an independent sci-fi web series titled “Body Jumpers,” gamed the system for two months, prosecutors charged.
“The log book shows that Ms. Daves would leave the Perry building before being picked up and without being told that she could go,” Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Robert Shull said in court papers.
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Laura Ward had initially offered the Brooklyn woman six months in jail for her fraud scheme but agreed to a sentence of nine months of weekends behind bars after defense lawyer Joel Stein pleaded for leniency in a March 31, 2017, letter.
Stein said Daves, 37, had turned her life around since getting busted in 2016 for depositing $82,950 worth of forged checks into her bank account. He said she found a job at MetroPlus, a city health insurance provider, and that her teen son was living with her.
“Incarceration will undoubtedly cause Ms. Daves to lose her employment and her apartment, and her son will have to move back with his father in Maryland,” Stein wrote.
Daves apparently complied with her sentence at first.
She would show up at Rikers Island’s Samuel L. Perry Center intake facility, transportation would be ordered for her, and it would take her to the Rose M. Singer Center for female inmates, where she would be signed in and out, per protocol.
But she began blowing off the weekend stays on Dec. 22, 2017, and continued to do so until March 2018, prosecutors said.
On Feb. 9, when Daves was supposed to be sitting in a cell, she was instead hopping around the city, popping up in at least a dozen locations from Long Island City, Queens, to Crown Heights, Brooklyn, her cellphone records show.
Weeks earlier, on Jan. 12, Daves didn’t even bother to sign in for transportation to Rikers, prosecutors said.
At 5:16 p.m. that day, more than 15 minutes after she was supposed to report to the Perry building, she was in lower Manhattan, records show. By 6 p.m., she was a block from her Crown Heights apartment.
A spokesman for the city Department of Correction said Sunday that the court is notified on the next business day when inmates don’t report to jail on weekends as part of their sentence.
He would not comment specifically on Daves’ case.
Daves’ lawyer said she reported to Rikers at 5 p.m. on five of the weekends and waited at the intake area until midnight, when correction officers sent her home because there were no available cells.
In court papers, ADA Shull called her claims “patently untrue.”
Stein added that Daves was sick on two of the weekends and saw a doctor, although he acknowledged she was not admitted to a hospital.
Daves now must choose whether to accept a deal of 400 hours of community service and probation. She will reveal her decision on Aug. 7.
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