A Minden man and former Minden Press-Herald employee is facing charges in at least six parishes and one county for scams that involved selling bogus newspaper ads.
According to Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator, David Dix, 61, was arrested after he went to several businesses in Caddo Parish stating he worked for a local newspaper.
Dix sold ads and told the businesses their ads would appear in a specific edition of the paper. When the ads did not appear, the businesses contacted the paper and discovered Dix had never worked for them.
Some of the businesses wrote checks to the newspaper. Dix altered the checks by adding his name so they could be cashed, said Sheriff's Detective Frank Edmondson.
Prator did not release the name of the publication Dix claimed to represent.
According to Press-Herald Publisher Josh Beavers, Dix was employed at the Minden paper a short time in 2001.
"David Dix sold advertisements for the Minden Press-Herald for a few months in 2001," Beavers said. "Due to privacy and personnel policies, I can't go into details about the reason for his departure from the newspaper."
According to reports, in February 2003, Dix, using various aliases, approached businesses in Caddo Parish, claiming to represent a Shreveport/ Bossier publication. He was arrested and entered a guilty plea in Caddo District Court.
In April 2005, Dix was arrested for scamming businesses in DeSoto and Red River parishes by selling advertisements for a Shreveport publication where he allegedly was once employed.
Caddo Parish deputies arrested him again in 2012 for forgery.
For the most recent arrest, Dix was booked into Caddo Correctional Center on two counts of theft and one count of forgery. His bond was set at $75,000.
Dix was brought to CCC from DeSoto Parish where he was being held on similar charges. He is awaiting transfer to other jurisdictions including Bossier, Claiborne, Jackson and Bienville parishes, as well as Harrison County, Texas.
He is scheduled to appear in Caddo District Court on April 29.