White Collar Villians: William Dixiano Charged With Embezzling Inheritance, Wife Also Missing
Friday, February 11, 2011 at 9:00 am
The linchpin to the story is Dixiano's wife, Angela. He was known to his friends as Mike, and met Angela as she was getting out of rehab for a recurrent drug problem. Indeed, Mike was pulled over by the cops in 2007 for missing driver license lights (a quasi-legitimate reason if ever there was one, right after spitting on the sidewalk).
During the stop they discovered three firearms on Dixiano's seat, which he attempted to explain to the officer as "following his wife to her crack supplier." (Sorta, if you think I'm bad, wait until you meet my wife!) Angela was also arrested in 2007 and 2008 for prostitution.
Dixiano had somehow formed a friendship with 48-year old fellow Anchorage, Alaska resident Sam Lee. The mentally/emotionally-disturbed Lee had become estranged from his parents. His parents were both research physicists, and his father was Peter Goedertier, who played a key role in the creation of bar code reading lasers. Lee felt the need to live independently and cut himself off from family partly, a cousin speculated, because he was such an oddball who was never able to live up to his parents' high intelligence and standards.
According to court records, one day after Lee's father died, leaving him control of a $600,000 bank account, 61-year old William Michael Dix changed his name to Dixiano. (He thought it added class and somehow distracted from the fact that, at heart, he was nothing but a dick. Verdict: Dumb Ass.)
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"He's my friend. This is between me and Mike. I don't want the state of Alaska to get involved," Lee told an Anchorage Daily News reporter. He was unaware that Dixiano had been arrested four days earlier and charged with seven felonies related to the embezzlement, or that Dixiano's wife was missing. (Some friend he is!)
"I'm very deeply shocked, and I'm disoriented about the whole thing. Mentally, I'm not doing too well about it," he told the reporter a few moments later. (Yeah, we gathered...)
Dixiano was arrested in early January for seven felony counts including scheming to defraud, theft, and multiple counts of forgery. Then on Wednesday the first charges in the disappearance of Angela Dixiano were filed. He was charged with first- and second-degree murder for causing Angela's death (though as yet there is no body to prove she's dead, and lots of Alaskan wilderness), tampering with physical evidence, and 14 more counts of forgery.
He told Angela's parents that she died of drug abuse related organ failure, then told West she'd died of cancer. When cops came calling he told them that Angela had asked him for $10,000 and when he gave it to her in mid-December she left. But for now he's in jail, and his five Corvettes (he bought another) are going to waste in the Alaska winter. (He also owns a PT Cruiser and a Buick LaSabre. Seven cars and a mobile home. A fine use of someone else's money.)
Read last Friday's Top 5 White Collar Villains: Renee Gill Pratt, former Lousiana State Rep, In Court On Corruption Charges.