By: Nu Yang
According to the Shreveport Times, a Louisiana man faces charges in at least six parishes and one county in connection with an alleged scam that involved selling bogus newspaper ads.
David Edward Dix is accused of visiting several businesses and stating that he worked for a local newspaper. According to law officials, Dix sold the business owners ads and told them their ads would appear in an upcoming edition of the paper. When the ads did not appear, the businesses contacted the paper and discovered Dix never had worked there. Law officials said some of the businesses wrote checks to the newspaper, but Dix would alter the checks by adding his name so they could be cashed.
This isn’t the first time Dix has been accused of the scam. Shreveport television station KSLA News 12 reported last year Dix posed as a sales rep for The Forum, a Shreveport biweekly publication, and sold bogus ads to small business owners in another parish. Law officials said he was also arrested for the same crime in 2008.
The Forum’s general manager, Fayline Bass, advised businesses to always check the masthead, where all employees are listed.