Police critic faces charges including exploiting an elderly woman

Dothan resident Kevin Saffold calls for the resignation of Police Chief Steve Parrish in this December 15, 2015 photo.
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Dothan (WTVY)-- A Dothan man faces several charges in a scheme involving the purchase and pawning of automobiles.

Dothan police say Kevin Saffold promised an elderly woman that he would assist in improving her credit score, then directed her to purchase two vehicles from a local dealership. He promised to make payments because he would use the vehicles.

On June 7, he posed as the woman's nephew when she bought a pickup truck for nearly $44,000. Two days later the woman, once again accompanied by Saffold, purchased a BMW for over $30,000, investigators claim.

While looking at those cases officers said they discovered that Saffold twice pawned the title to another car, once using an altered title, police said in a statement.

He is charged with two counts of Financial Exploitation of the Elderly, one count of Theft by Deception, and one count of Theft by Deception.

Court records show Saffold previously was arrested dozens of times on charges including theft, harassment, and assault.

In 2016, he demanded Dothan Police Chief Steve Parrish resign after a blogger claimed officers, under his command, systematically planted drugs on young, black men.

An independent investigation determined the claims were unfounded, and after initially endorsing the claims, the Southern Poverty Law Center decided the blog contained insufficient evidence to be considered credible.

---This story was updated at 7:58 p.m. to reflect one of the cars purchased was a BMW.