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Auto dealer indicted again

Caitlin Rickard crickard@lebanondemocrat.com • Updated May 21, 2014 at 9:25 AM

The Lebanon Motors owner was indicted on more charges Monday.

Lebanon police Chief Scott Bowen said Thomas Aaron Edwards Jr., 60, of Lebanon, was charged with six counts of theft of more than $10,000 and one count of a fraudulent transfer of a motor vehicle.

Bowen said Edwards was indicted by a grand jury after Det. Eddie Brown, who has been working the case, presented evidence against Edwards last week.

“We’ve had additional cases coming in over the last couple of months since the first one was reported,” Bowen said. “At some point we decided with all we had it was enough to move forward, and we felt it was enough to take to a grand jury.”

Additionally, Bowen said they also received another report on Edwards Monday.

“Most of the cases aren’t something that just happened today or yesterday but things that have happened over the past couple of months,” Bowen said. “Apparently this has been going on for some time.”

Edwards was held on $25,000 bond Monday following his arrest.

A court date is set for May 29.

“Right now it’s still an ongoing investigation,” Bowen said. “The report we received [Monday] will be assigned, and then we’ll see where that goes.”

Other agencies and offices have also been working cases against Edwards, who was indicted by a Wilson County grand jury in April for writing a worthless check.

According to the previous indictment, Edwards was accused of “unlawfully and knowingly and with fraudulent intent” trying to pass a check to Manheim Nashville in February for more than $51,000.

Edwards was then arrested April 17 and charged with one count of writing a worthless check and was held on $20,000 bond.

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

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