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Medical Examiner steals from dead people

3:06 PM, Sep 13, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Tallahassee and Jacksonville Regional Operations Centers, arrested Christopher Dwight Allen, 46, of St. Johns, Fla., Friday on charges of official misconduct, dealing in stolen property and false verification of ownership on pawnbroker transaction form.

The investigation began in May, 2013, after relatives of a Hamilton County woman alleged several items of jewelry had been stolen from their loved one, following her death including a ring, watch and necklace.

Agents reviewed pawn broker transactions that indicated Allen sold 62 pieces of jewelry to pawn shops within the previous year. Investigators allege at least some of the pawned items were stolen from deceased persons whom Allen had access to as a forensic investigator at the District 4 Medical Examiner's Office in Jacksonville.

Allen was arrested around 7:30 a.m. at the medical examiner's office and booked into the Duval County Jail.

The State Attorney's Office, 4th Judicial Circuit will prosecute this case.

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