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Deputy arrested, charged with identity theft, forgery

Staff Report • Nov 12, 2009 at 12:00 AM

A Knox County Sheriff's Office deputy was arrested at work Wednesday on charges that she stole a woman's identity and used it to buy thousands of dollars worth of furniture from at least one store, authorities said.

Deputy Michelle Stiles, 38, who resigned from her position as a patrol officer after her arrest, was charged with identity theft and forgery as the result of a criminal investigation by the Knoxville Police Department's Property Crimes Unit, authorities said. She was taken into custody about 11:15 a.m. at the Sheriff's Office.

She is also under investigation for other possible acts of identity theft, said KPD spokesman Darrell DeBusk.

Read the full report at the Knoxville News Sentinel's Web site.

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