Richard F. Toll of Little Rock will finally get his day in court on April 26.
In July 2020, Toll, who is in his 90s, accused Kristian D. Nelson of England in a lawsuit of defrauding him of $4.5 million in less than three years.
Nelson denied the allegation. Last month, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen set the date for the jury trial, which is scheduled for three days.
Toll alleged that Nelson “seized the opportunity to take advantage of a generous elderly man whose memory was declining.” The alleged fraud started in September 2017, when Toll lent Nelson $10,000 for Hawgz Blues Café LLC of Little Rock, Toll’s suit said. Nelson told Toll he owned the restaurant, but he didn’t, according to the complaint.
Nelson then kept returning to Toll’s house on an almost weekly basis “with manipulative lies and fabrications to entice more and more money from Toll,” according to the suit filed by Toll’s attorney, David D. Wilson of Friday Eldredge & Clark of Little Rock.
Nelson said he needed money for the Little Rock restaurant, a second Hawgz site in North Little Rock and a used car outlet, I Sell 4 U Auto Sales LLC of North Little Rock, that Nelson formed in 2018.
In 2009, Nelson was sentenced to 71 months in federal prison for wire fraud after taking about 20 investors for more than $1 million.