Father and son accused of bilking man of $60K

SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- 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 says 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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