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Dothan resident and law enforcement critic Kevin Saffold charged with four felonies
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Dothan resident and law enforcement critic Kevin Saffold charged with four felonies

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A Dothan man who has had numerous run-ins with the police and has been publicly critical of law enforcement in the past is facing four felony charges.

Kevin Saffold was arrested this week by the Dothan Police Department and charged with two counts of financial exploitation of the elderly 1st degree, one count of theft by deception 2nd degree and one count of possession of a forged instrument 2nd degree. He has bonds totaling $85,000.

According to Dothan Police, officers began investigating an elderly exploitation complaint in June of 2018 in which a 79-year-old woman claimed Saffold represented himself to be a paralegal and suggested she purchase two costly vehicles in order to build her credit and be able to qualify for a home purchase. According to police, Saffold told the woman he would make the payments on the vehicles, a 2016 Dodge Ram Truck with a purchase price of $43,888.25 and a 2015 BMW X1 in the amount of $30,846.24. The purchases were made within two days of each other.

Police said no payments were made on the vehicles. Financial Exploitation of the Elderly is a Class B felony, punishable by between two and 20 years in prison.

During the course of the investigation, police said they received a complaint that Saffold was in possession of a voided vehicle title. Police said Saffold pawned the title to a Lincoln car in the amount of $2,175 in July of this year, but it had been previously pawned a week earlier at a different title loan business. Police said no payments were made to the title loan businesses.

Court records indicate Title Cash sued Saffold in Houston County small claims court in October, seeking possession of a 2007 Lincoln MKX-V6, or $4,500 as value for the property. The case is still pending.

Possession of a forged instrument, second degree is a Class C felony, punishable by between one and 10 years in prison.

Saffold has numerous arrests on his record. Dothan police arrested Saffold on Dec. 11, 2014, for felony assault on a police officer and resisting arrest. Saffold later went to trial and was found guilty of a lesser misdemeanor third-degree assault charge and resisting arrest. At a pre-trial court hearing, Saffold said he had been arrested 56 times and had never assaulted a police officer. He has also been acquitted on other charges, including harassment and receiving stolen property, and has had several other charges dismissed.

He has been publicly critical of law enforcement. During a meeting of the Dothan City Commission, Saffold spoke and called for the removal of Dothan Police Chief Steve Parrish upon Parrish’s selection as chief in 2015. Saffold also purportedly uses a YouTube channel to post videos critical of police actions.

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