Chattanooga, Tennessee: The FBI has moved to seize $199,000 from the bank account of a Mountain View Chevrolet salesman, claiming that Daniel Bryant kidnapped a disabled dealership customer and forced him to take the money out of his accounts.
The FBI said the seizure warrant was filed in order to prevent Bryant from moving the funds elsewhere.
An affidavit by a Chattanooga Police officer who works with the FBI says last Thursday city officers responded to the Bank of America on Tennessee Avenue on a report of a kidnapping. A man who had lost a leg and been paralyzed on one side from a work accident said he had been forced to withdraw large sums of his money.
The man said he had recently been awarded a large settlement related to his severe work injuries.
He said the prior Monday he had dropped his pickup truck off at Mountain View Chevrolet to have it serviced. He said Bryant offered to give him a ride home. He said instead of taking him home that Bryant drove him to the Bank of America branch on Gunbarrel Road and forced him to withdraw money from his account.
The man said Bryant told him he would kill him and his family if he did not withdraw the money.
He said Bryant held him against his will for the next two days and forced him to withdraw money from several banks “under fear of death.”
The man said a total of $199,000 was withdrawn and cashier checks were made out to Bryant.
He said at one time they were in a hotel at or near Atlanta. He said Bryant took his cell phone and credit cards and forced him to smoke crack cocaine.
On Friday, the FBI obtained records from Pinnacle Bank related to accounts held by Bryant. Several large deposits were found, including one for $175,000.
Bryant had a balance in his account of $288,101.
The FBI said under the facts of the case that Bryant had committed the offenses of kidnapping, bank robbery and money laundering.