Pictured above: James Benfield and Elizabeth “Lizzy” Dixon – Pictures courtesy of the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office
On May 29, 2018 the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office received a report from an officer with the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter 84 in Alexander County in reference to an embezzlement that had occurred at their organization. Investigators found that a member of the organization had embezzled approximately $5,800.00 from the DAV. The incidents occurred from August 2017 until it was found on May 29, 2018. The member was identified as James Marion Benfield. Benfield was the treasurer in the DAV.
Investigators learned that Benfield was also an officer in the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and the American Legion, both in Alexander County. Officials with those organizations also met with investigators. Benfield was the Second Commander with the VFW and the Commander with the American Legion. Both organizations also found that he embezzled from their organizations during the same time period. Many transactions were ATM withdrawals and he used checks from the DAV to pay his bills.
Investigators charged and arrested Benfield for 3 counts of Embezzlement. Benfield is a white male, age 65 of Taylorsville. Benfield stated that his girlfriend, Elizabeth “Lizzy” Dixon, a white female, age 46 also used the ATM to withdraw money for their use. Investigators interviewed Dixon and she also admitted to taking the money for personal use. Dixon was arrested for 3 counts of Conspiracy to commit embezzlement.
Both were taken before Magistrate Brenda Bumgarner and were given a $15,500 secured bond each. Both have an initial court day of Monday, June 4, 2018 in District Court in Taylorsville.
Sheriff Bowman wants to thank all of these organizations for their swift actions in reporting these incidents so that authorities could conduct an investigation in these matters. The Investigation is continuing.
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