Former ME investigator pleads guilty to stealing from dead

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Jacksonville Sheriff's Office booking photo of Christopher Allen

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A former Medical Examiner's Office investigator has pleaded guilty to charges of   official misconduct and dealing in stolen property after prosecutors said he stole jewelry from people who had died.

Christopher Allen was sentenced to three years of probation to include 90 days in jail, restitution, and surrender of his Florida Department of Law Enforcement certificate.

Allen was arrested in September. The investigation began in May when relatives of a Hamilton County woman reported a ring, watch and necklace had been stolen from their loved one following her death. FDLE agents said they reviewed pawn broker transactions and found Allen sold 62 pieces of jewelry to pawn shops within the previous year.

Investigators said at least some of the pawned items were stolen from dead people who Allen had access to as a forensic investigator at the District 4 Medical Examiner's Office in Jacksonville.

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