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January 8, 1991

DALLAS (AP) _ Former thrift owner Don R. Dixon, convicted last month of bank fraud, was in stable condition Monday in a North Texas hospital recovering from a heart attack.

Dixon, 52, was taken to the hospital early Sunday complaining of chest pains and tingling in his right arm, his attorney said. It was confirmed Monday that Dixon suffered a heart attack.

Kathy Forehand, a spokeswoman for the Mansfield Law Enforcement Center, said Dixon was being kept under guard in the intensive care unit of the Mansfield Hospital.

Dixon’s attorney, Deborah Goodall, said Monday night Dixon’s doctor at Mansfield transferred him to Harris Hospital in Fort Worth.

Ms. Goodall, said Dixon previously had suffered two heart attacks, the most recent one 12 years ago.

Ms. Goodall said Dixon’s health problems may have been caused by the stress of a federal magistrate’s refusal to free him on bond.

Dixon is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 19. The magistrate ruled there was a risk Dixon might leave the country if released. Federal prosecutors contend that Dixon has millions of dollars stashed overseas.

The former owner of Vernon Savings Association of Dallas, Dixon has been held since Dec. 21, when he was convicted on 23 counts of illegally misusing Vernon funds.

Vernon Savings failed in 1987, and its bailout is expected to cost taxpayers more than $1.2 billion.

U.S. Marshal Charles Kupferer said Dixon will likely remain in the hospital until he recovers and then will be transferred back to jail.

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