Pair accused of running inheritance scheme to steal $5 million


JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) -- Virginia Volner reminded many people at her Henderson County church of Aunt Bee, the lovable character on "The Andy Griffith Show."

But a federal fraud indictment says Volner and former Memphis banker Patsy Wilkerson conspired for six years to bilk more than 30 people in five states out of $5 million.

One of those people is 80-year-old Jack May who says Volner persuaded him to give her money by saying she was waiting to inherit a billion-dollar estate.

Now May says, "It was all a lie."

Volner and Wilkerson have pleaded not guilty and are scheduled for a May trial. Their attorneys declined to comment.

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