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Auto dealer accused of fraud

Caitlin Rickard crickard@lebanondemocrat.com • Updated Mar 13, 2014 at 2:04 AM

A local man filed a fraud complaint with police alleging the owner of Lebanon Motors took thousands of dollars from him.

On Tuesday, Bob Guess, of Mt. Juliet, told Lebanon police he contracted to sell his vehicle in December with Tommy Edwards, 61, who owns Lebanon Motors at 1003 W. Main Street.

According to the report Guess gave police, Edwards told him his car was sold in January, but he wasn’t paid any money, and they had agreed to use the money to make a down payment on a vehicle that was to be bought from Manheim auto auction.

Guess said Edwards has now disappeared without giving him the money or buying another vehicle for him.

According to the police report, Guess said Edwards owes him $14,000.

Edwards was also the subject of a missing persons report filed March 4 by his wife, Debra Edwards. At the time, Debra Edwards said her husband sent her a lengthy text message, but she couldn’t reach him by cellphone. 

A Lebanon police officer made contact with Tommy Edwards two days later. At the time, Edwards said he was fine and not suicidal. The officer then removed Edwards’ name from the national missing persons directory. 

Lebanon Motors has since closed with a sign on the door giving instructions to contact attorney Neal Agee with any questions. Attempts to reach Agee at his office were unsuccessful. 

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