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KCSO Detectives Uncover Diamond Fraud Case

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Detectives with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office are continuing to investigate a fraud case that could have cost a local jewelry store $150,000.  The owner of the store, which is Kimball’s, found out through a broker that a package containing diamonds was being delivered to his business.  The owner had not placed an order and realized he was a victim of a scam and alerted an off duty KCSO officer who then notified detectives.  Detectives were able to find out which delivery company had the package and set up surveillance.  This morning, a suspect came to the delivery hub demanding the package.  That person and three others were arrested by detectives at another location.

The suspects are identified as: 

Corey Smith, 31

Octavia Nashae Smith, 21

Ariana Moshae Jenkins, 21

Quintaisha Torshe Sullivan, 21

They gave addresses in Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee.  They face charges of computer crimes, identification theft, and attempted theft.  More charges could come as the investigation continues.  There have been similar cases like this in the Southeast.

Knox County Sheriff Tom Spangler praised the hard work of the detectives in a news conference with local media.



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