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Two charged in money laundering investigation

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A pair of Wilson County men was arrested Wednesday in connection to a theft and money laundering investigation.

At the request of 15th District Attorney General Tommy Thompson, agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) began investigating the whereabouts of approximately $60,000 mistakenly deposited by a local bank into the account of Brian Keith Lynn, 46, of Lebanon.

During the course of the investigation, agents developed information that Lynn, upon discovering the banking error, began withdrawing and spending the funds. The investigation further revealed Lynn, with the assistance of attorney Harry A. Christensen, 59, of Lebanon, laundered a significant portion of the funds through Christensen's law firm. According to a news release issued by the TBI, agents subsequently developed information that Christensen accepted a portion of the funds as payment for laundering the money. As of Wednesday night, neither man had made any attempt to return any of the funds to the bank, the release stated.

On Monday, the Wilson County Grand Jury returned indictments, charging Lynn with one count of theft over $60,000, one count of money laundering and one count of conspiracy to commit theft over $60,000. The Grand Jury returned indictments charging Christensen with one count of theft over $10,000, one count of money laundering and one count of conspiracy to commit theft over $10,000.

Both men were booked into the Wilson County Jail Wednesday afternoon on $2,500 bond each.

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