Future of tournament uncertain pending theft investigation

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The uncle, aunt, and cousin of  Springfield School Board vice president Adam Lopez have now filed lawsuits against him and his former employer, Country Financial.

Robert and Beverly Lenhart claim their nephew, Adam Lopez, participated in a scheme "to deceive and defraud" them of at least $800,000 in retirement savings.

Lopez's cousin, Richard Lenhart, claims Lopez took up to $125,000 in savings that was meant to be use for investment.

Lopez is accused of convincing them to sign checks over to him with the understanding he would invest that money in safer retirement accounts.

The money was never invested.

Charges in the lawsuit include fraudulent misrepresentation, fraudulent inducement, consumer fraud, common-law fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, conversion, intentional infliction of emotional distress, financial exploitation of an elderly person, breach of contract and violation of Illinois Securities Law of 1953.

Last week, Springfield resident Ronald Standridge sued Lopez for financial exploitation of the elderly.

He said Lopez took $69,000 from him through an investment scheme.

Country Financial fired Lopez in September due to a customer complaint.

The Springfield Police Department raided Lopez's home and office last month.

The investigation has now been taken over by the FBI.