Quarter horse breeder Bennie Lynn Clawson was arrested Wednesday in South Carolina for allegedly stealing more than $10,000. The funds were intended for car crash victim and former American Junior Paint Horse Association (AjPHA) president Banks Ready.
Deputies discovered that the Clawson Farms owner set up the online internet auctions to help raise money for the 21 year-old, who was injured in a May 2012 car accident. However, authorities say she did not give the family all the funds raised.
Last month, his father, George Ready, who is an attorney and retired circuit court judge in Mississippi, contacted deputies in York County to report suspicions regarding Clawson.
A press release states, “detectives served a search warrant at Clawson’s residence and seized several items which indicated that Clawson had taken cash, cashed checks and received monies through a PayPal account that were intended for the George Ready Fund.”
While the investigation is ongoing, Clawson has been charged with one count of Breach of Trust with Fraudulent Intent $10,000 or more and three counts of Forgery, less than $10,000.
This isn’t Clawson’s first time in trouble with the law. In October 2008, Clawson was sentenced by Judge Carlisle Overstreet to 3 years probation and a $1,000 fine for “erroneous or fictitious checks.”
If convicted of the latest charges, Clawson could receive up to twenty-five years in prison.