Pike faces several fraud charges in Puerto Rico

Published 6:01 pm Thursday, January 31, 2019

LaFAYETTE — A 57-year-old Chambers County murder suspect is facing multiple charges of fraud in the U.S. District of Puerto Rico.

According to the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, David Anthony Pike who has been wanted in Chambers County since 1985 for the murder of Calvin Lee Irvin, has been indicted on five fraud charges in addition to the murder charge.

According to the indictment, Pike faces charges of making a false statement in application of passport, mail fraud, misuse of Social Security number, aggravated identify theft and making a false statement or representation made to a department or agency of the United States.

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Pike was arrested Jan. 17 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, after a criminal complaint was filed against him for false statements on a passport renewal application. The claim was actually made against an individual named Stephen Williams Varner, who Pike was impersonating.

The case was referred to the Diplomatic Security Service for an investigation after the complaint and a death record for Varner was found in Alabama. This confirmed to authorities that Pike was, in fact, impersonating Varner, and he was wanted for murder charges in Chambers County.

The indictment says Pike provided false information on a passport renewal application under Varner’s name on Dec. 7, and it was received by the National Passport Processing Center in Philadelphia on Dec. 10. On the same application, he used Varner’s social security number. Because Pike committed a felony — false statements on the passport renewal — at the same time that he used another person’s social security number, he was charged with aggravated identity theft.

Additionally, the indictment says on Dec. 12, 2017, while in Puerto Rico, Pike applied for disaster assistance after a hurricane under the assumed name of Varner.

Lymarie Llovet Ayala, public affairs specialist with the District of Puerto Rico, said Pike attended an arraignment hearing Thursday where he pleaded not guilty to the crimes. She said he remains in custody in Puerto Rico and the extradition back to Chambers County was not discussed in court.

On June 22, 1985, the body of Irvin was found on Chambers Road 84 just outside of LaFayette. After the sheriff’s office responded, it was determined that Irvin had been shot. Investigators developed Pike and King Albert Mayes as suspects and murder arrest warrants were obtained.

Mayes, 19 at the time of the arrest, was arrested on June 25, 1985. On July 2, 1985, Pike was arrested and detained in the Lee County Jail. On July 3, 1985, Pike posted $30,000 bail in Chambers County and then fled the area.

According to court documents through the Chambers County Circuit Clerk’s office, Mayes was charged with murder during a robbery but was found not guilty. He later pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy in December 1986. Documents say he was sentenced to 10 years in prison, but the sentence was split for him only to serve three years. He was sentenced to probation for the remainder of the 10-year sentence after his prison term was allegedly complete.

The newspaper attempted to reach the Alabama Department of Corrections Public Information Office to confirm Mayes’ official release date, but did not hear back Thursday.