Police investigate Springfield politician after family reports $600K missing
A family wants answers after more than half a million dollars went missing.
They said their nephew, Springfield School Board Vice President Adam Lopez, won't tell them where their money went.
"I am 70 years old and I have to take money from my son to make it," Beverly Lenhart said.
She and her husband Bob Lenhart never thought they'd be here.
"Never in a million years did I think it'd happen to us, ever," Beverly Lenhart said.
They said their nephew, Adam Lopez, was in charge of their money.
"We just felt like he was our nephew, we could trust him," Bob Lenhart said.
You may know Adam Lopez's name if you live around Springfield.
He ran for Congress in 2015 and is currently the vice president of the District 186 School Board. He's also a financial agent.
"We were so proud of him," Beverly Lenhart said.
Lopez was the Lenharts' Country Financial agent.
"I trusted him implicitly with everything that we had," Beverly Lenhart said.
The Lenharts said Lopez wanted them to move their retirement fund to a safer account, so over the past three years, they wrote him several checks so he could move the money.
They said Lopez put together a portfolio of their funds for them in February.
"He had given us a paper and showed us a document that we had $1.4 million with the interest and everything that money had earned," Bob Lenhart said.
Last week, they found out not only have they never had that much money put away, but they also discovered their account was drained.
They went from having $630,000 invested in 2015 to $1,500 today.
"We can't comprehend that we no longer have our life savings," Beverly Lenhart said. "We don't know where it's at."
In one week, Bob and Beverly went from looking forward to a retirement filled with traveling and giving --
"We had money put back for our grand kids' college funds, and that is gone," Bob Lenhart said.
-- to worrying about how to pay their bills.
"When insurance comes due on the house, I don't know where we're going to find the money," Bob Lenhart said.
"That's when we're going to have to ask for money from the kids," Beverly Lenhart said.
"And when the taxes come due on the house, we just don't have it anywhere and we have no way to put it away," Bob Lenhart said. "I don't know what's going to happen when those things start coming up. That's why I say we could end up starting to lose what we've built our lifetime to have."
The Lenharts said they don't want to make any accusations, they just want Lopez or Country Financial to tell them where their money went.
"All we really wanted, we tried when we got home, constantly to call him just to find out what happened," Bob Lenhart said.
"Let us know where that money is," Beverly Lenhart said. "We just want our money."
The Springfield Police Department said they're investigating a report that mentions Lopez's name, but can't elaborate since it's an ongoing investigation.
Lopez's attorney released the following statement to Fox Illinois:
Mr. Lopez has dedicated his professional and adult life to service of this community. While the Springfield Police Department has confirmed a pending investigation against Mr. Lopez, we are unaware of both the nature of the investigation and accusation against against him. Mr. Lopez denies any wrongdoing and looks forward to being vindicated through the investigation - whatever it is for.
Lopez's former employer Country Financial released the following statement to Fox Illinois:
Adam Lopez is no longer a financial representative with COUNTRY Financial. We ended our relationship with him in early September.
We have been made aware of customer complaints against Mr. Lopez and have noticed some irregularities in reviewing customer policies and accounts related to him.
We are taking this very seriously and an investigation is ongoing.