Exploitation cases against Dothan man headed to grand jury

Kevin Saffold defends himself in a court hearing on December 7, 2018.
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Dothan (WTVY)-- The case against a Dothan man charged with financially exploiting an elderly woman is headed to a grand jury.

Houston County District Judge Benjamin Lewis, following several hours of testimony Friday, ruled evidence against Kevin Saffold is sufficient to move three cases forward.

Saffold is charged with falsely promising the 79-year old woman he would assist in rebuilding her credit.

Prosecutors say he convinced her to purchase two vehicles from a Dothan dealer in only three days.

Saffold, who police claim posed as the victim's nephew, is charged with taking possession of the BMW and Ram pickup truck for his personal use, promising to make payments.

Investigators say Saffold failed to do so, though he presented paperwork in court indicating some of the payments had been made.

In addition, he is charged with convincing the victim to establish an $8000 line of credit at a Dothan dentist office though her sole source of income is less than $800 per month in Social Security benefits.

A police officer testified that Saffold and his girlfriend then used the credit line for procedures they had performed.

He is a frequent critic of Dothan police and, three years ago, called for the resignation of Chief Steve Parrish amid unfounded allegations of illegal drug planting by officers.

Saffold, who faces other charges, acted as his own attorney.