YORK COUNTY, SC - On Wednesday, March 6, 2013 York County Sheriff’s Office arrested Bennie Lynn Clawson, 51, at 2007 Burkin Rd in McConnells, SC on a Breach of Trust with Fraudulent Intent (value over $10,000) charge. Through an investigation York County Sheriff’s Detectives discovered that Clawson had set up online internet auctions to help raise monies for the medical bills of a man in Hernando, MS, but she did not give the family all the monies raised during the auctions.
In February of this year, George Ready of Hernando, MS contacted the York County Sheriff’s Office to report that Clawson had set up online internet auctions to help raise money for his son who was involved in an accident. People from across the nation participated in the online auctions by donating items and services and purchasing the same in an effort to help the Ready family.
After one of the auctions, Ready noticed that items from the auction had been purchased, however he had not received any checks from Clawson. During the investigation, 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. Detectives established that Clawson had taken in excess of $10,000 however the investigation is still 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.
If convicted Clawson could receive up to twenty-five years in prison.