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Former SBS chief steward indicted on 11 charges

A Halifax County Circuit Court grand jury indicted former South Boston Speedway NASCAR Chief Steward Gene Lawson on 11 felonies Monday, all charging Lawson with obtaining money under false pretenses.

The offenses allegedly occurred during a period from June 28, 2008 to May 18, 2010, according to court records.

According to the indictments, Lawson allegedly obtained money under false pretenses from Charles Anderson on or about June 28, 2008, on or about Dec. 1, 2008 and on or about Apr. 5, 2009.

The indictments charge Lawson with obtaining money under false pretenses from Alvin Tucker on or about Oct. 23, 2009 and on or about Oct. 28, 2009, and the indictments charge Lawson with obtaining money under false pretenses from Linda Cole on or about May 14, 2009 and May 18, 2010.

Lawson also was indicted for obtaining money under false pretenses from Elizabeth Jones on or about Jan. 5, 2010 and from Malcolm Ragans on or about Mar. 31, 2009.

The latest indictments bring to 13 the number of charges against Lawson for obtaining money under false pretenses.

In September, Judge James Farmer (retired) of Lynchburg certified two charges for larceny by false pretenses against Lawson, one each involving Ward Burton and James Wade.