Bobby Vee's children claim siblings are mishandling estate

FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2013, file photo, pop singer Bobby Vee, right, poses with sons Jeff Velline, left, and Tommy Velline, at his family's Rockhouse Productions in St. Joseph, Minn. Two of Vee's four children have filed a court petition claiming their siblings are misusing money from the late singer's estate. Robby Velline and Jennifer Whittet Velline claim in the petition that their brothers, Tommy and Jeff, have used money from the estate for their personal benefit and to support Rockhouse Productions. Tommy and Jeff have filed a counter petition that says their actions had the approval of their parents. Bobby Vee died in October 2016 of advanced Alzheimer's disease. (AP Photo/Jeff Baenen, File)

Two of Bobby Vee's four children have filed a court petition claiming their siblings are misusing money from the late pop singer's estate

ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Two of Bobby Vee's four children have filed a court petition claiming their siblings are misusing money from the late pop singer's estate.

Robby Velline and Jennifer Whittet Velline claim in the Stearns County District Court petition that their brothers, Tommy and Jeff Velline, have spent money from the estate on themselves and to support Rockhouse Productions, a recording studio and production facility they run. It was established by Bobby and his wife, Karen, who is also deceased.

The petition asks a Stearns County judge to order Jeff and Tommy Velline to provide a report of Bobby Vee's estate, income and retirement accounts, including any revenue generated by the play "Teen Idol: The Bobby Vee Story." It also seeks to remove Jeff and Tommy as trustees of the trust and accuses them of breaching their loyalty to the estate.

Tommy and Jeff Velline have filed a counter petition that says their actions had the approval of their parents, the St. Cloud Times reported (http://on.sctimes.com/2jZIoFG ).

Troy Poetz, the attorney for Jeff and Tommy Velline, declined to comment because of "the painful and sensitive nature of interfamilial lawsuits."

James T. Martin, the attorney for Robby Velline and Jennifer Whittet Velline, said the main issue is the protection of the Bobby Vee legacy and trust that was to benefit Vee's children and grandchildren.

Born in Fargo, North Dakota, Bobby Vee was only 15 when his career was born in the 1960s. His success began when he took a Midwestern stage as a teenager to fill in after a 1959 plane crash killed rock 'n' roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson.

He died in October of advanced Alzheimer's disease.

___

Information from: St. Cloud Times, http://www.sctimes.com

You may also like these

After storm halts tribute, A-Rod doubles in...

Aug 13, 2016

His pregame tribute ended by a storm, Alex Rodriguez began his final game with the New York Yankees...

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard settle divorce case

Aug 16, 2016

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard say they have settled their contentious divorce on Tuesday and the...

NBC chairman blasts Trump in private Facebook post

Aug 16, 2016

The chairman of NBC Entertainment is slamming Donald Trump, the network's onetime "Apprentice" star

Rape case from the past casts pallor on 'Birth of...

Aug 17, 2016

Hollywood trade publications are reporting that a woman who accused filmmaker Nate Parker of rape...

'Mr. Robot' mobile game launches as phony...

Aug 17, 2016

A fake messaging app inspired by the USA Network hacker 'Mr. Robot' was released Tuesday for mobile...

Sign up now!