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Local auto dealer indicted

By Caitlin Rickard crickard@lebanondemocrat.com • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:22 PM

The owner of Lebanon Motors was indicted Wednesday for writing a worthless check.

According to the indictment, a Wilson County grand jury found Tommy Edwards, 60, of Lebanon, “unlawfully and knowingly and with fraudulent intent” tried to pass a check to Manheim Nashville in February for more than $51,000.

The indictment also said jurors found that Edwards passed the check “knowing at the time of the issuance of the check that he did not have sufficient funds on deposit with Pinnacle Bank.”

Edwards was arrested Thursday and charged with one count of writing a worthless check and was held on $20,000 bond. 

His court date is set for May 29.

Edwards had also faced several fraud and theft complaints in March after dissatisfied costumers of Lebanon Motors filed police reports alleging Edwards had stolen thousands of dollars from them.

In March, Bob Guess, of Mt. Juliet, told Lebanon police he contracted to sell his car with Edwards in December. Guess said 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 disappeared without giving him the money or buying him another car. 

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

Michael Martin, of Lebanon, filed a theft complaint on Edwards in March.

Martin told police he gave Edwards $6,000 in November for a new car and then took possession of a new 2010 Chrysler 300S. He said he borrowed the remaining $19,642.32 from Wilson Bank to pay for the car.

Martin said he was then unable to register the car, as Edwards had disappeared. He said he was in danger of losing his car because he was unable to provide the title to Wilson Bank, which was the lien holder.

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