NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A Robertson County commissioner is accused of preying on a man who wanted to make an investment.
Court records show that Edward Shannon Polen first met the victim two days before Christmas at a South Nashville bank.
He approached the victim and offered him an opportunity to invest in farm equipment.
The victim handed over a $75,000 check. The two met up again the next day at another bank where the victim wrote a check for another $30,000.
According to police, Polen wasn't done. He then met up with the man a few days later and talked him out of more than a $250,000.
"This is something the commission and the county, in general, are deeply concerned about," said Howard Bradley, Robertson County's mayor. "I think it's a taint of the reputation of not just Commissioner Polen, but the entire commission and I think that is why we need to have this resolved as quickly as possible."
Police said Polen never invested the money. He used most of it to pay off tax debts he owed.
He sits in the Davidson County jail on a $400,000 bond.
Wednesday, June 19 2013 2:24 PM EDT2013-06-19 18:24:42 GMT
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