published Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Father and son accused of bilking Shelbyville, Tenn., man of $60K

SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. — A father and son are accused of tricking an elderly Shelbyville man out of more than $60,000 by pretending to be investment brokers.

Shelbyville Police Detective Sgt. Brian Crews told the Shelbyville Times-Gazette the pair was knocking on doors asking to do odd jobs. When they realized that one man had a lot of money, they convinced him they were investment brokers.

Johnny Lovell Sr. and Johnny Lovell Jr., both of Lebanon, were arrested Friday in Shelbyville after attempting to cash a check for $29,000 at a local bank. Bank officials contacted police after noticing unusually high activity in the checking account.

They are being held on $80,000 bond each. Jail officials did not know whether they had obtained attorneys.

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