Jacksonville Florida Forensic Investigator Arrested

Florida, Florida, Florida. From hanging chads, to hurricanes, to Stand Your Ground, to allegations of State Attorney’s bias against Trayvon Martin, to now this – medical examiner investigator stealing from the dead.

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Christopher Dwight Allen

Ocala Post reports that 46-year-old Christopher Dwight Allen was arrested on September 13, 2013, on charges of official misconduct, dealing in stolen property, and false verification of ownership on pawnbroker transaction forms.  Allen worked as a forensic investigator at the District 4 Medical Examiner’s Office in Jacksonville, Florida.

In May 2013, after family members of a Hamilton County woman claimed that her jewelry was stolen following her death, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement began an investigation. Agents found pawn broker transactions indicating that Allen sold over 60 items of jewelry to various pawn shops in the last 12 months.  They believe that the jewelry was stolen off bodies of the deceased.

Allen was arrested at the medical examiner’s office and booked into the Duval County Jail on a $150,000 bond.

What else is the public going to find out about corruption in the State of Florida?

 

Posted on 09/17/2013, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.

  1. Two sides to a story

    I can never understand how folks like this think they’re going to get away with their dirty deeds.

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    • Crazy, isn’t it?

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      • This is the kind of thing that makes it impossible for me to watch CSI Miami anymore.
        I tried to watch an episode after the jury verdict and almost lost my lunch.

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        • @Lonnie Starr. I think I watched one episode of CSI Miami. LOL!! I was a fan of CSI Las Vegas until the original characters were killed off or left. Other than Survivor, there is no other television program that I set aside time to watch. Me and commercial television are not good buddies.

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          • When I saw the CSI logo on Netflix it conjured up memories of all that fastidious lab work and evidence tracing. After this verdict that all seemed so insultingly false I just couldn’t stomach watching another episode. Here’s screen actors showing us how it should be done, while in real life they’re not even trying and CSI does not even deal with the powerful racial component that impacts Florida Law Enforcement so hideously.

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    • Our prisons are full of people that were too smart to get caught! It never entered their thought process that they were not quite as smart as they thought they were, of they would never have done the crime….

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  2. Good grief. . .

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  3. After the revelation of Matt Shirk hiring girls off of his FB to work in his office, nothing surprises me. He installed a shower in his office, without a permit, and allowed his wife to fire folks she didn’t like. But with Rick Scott as our Governor, it seemed to set a precedent for this kind of behavior.

    http://www.news4jax.com/news/emails-texts-documents-from-matt-shirk-released/-/475880/21882596/-/f2kcx4/-/index.html

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  4. Yep, not surprising at all. Florida, the corruption capital of the United States.

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  5. while this is disgusting to read, sadly i am not remotely shocked and it has nothing to do with the state of florida.

    as most of you know, i am a student of anthropology. part of my coursework included forensic anthropology (fascinating field). the profs i worked with are among the nation’s best — our school lab assisted them when repatrioting remains of the veterans from the korean and viet nam conflicts, making positive IDs of MIA soldiers. also, we did the same of various native american tribes. again, it was absolutely fascinating and rewarding work.

    one of our projects, being that my university is situated in ‘gold country’ is that there are a few cemeteries in our vicinity that are quite old by california standards but that record keeping at the time of burial was not the best. one cemetery in particular asked my prof to help in properly identifying the dead. this was a long and arduous process based on cemetery records, what remained of any medical records from 1850 along with any newspaper or other written accounts. my husband and i were taking the class together (it fulfilled the biology requirement — yippeee for me, no biology, which i loathe). we spent our weekends digging grave sites about 20 miles from home with our prof. while it may sound ghoulish to some, it was not, really.

    one thing that struck me in this process is that to a fault, every coffin we encountered contained physical remains along with remnants of what would have been the deceased’s finest of garments (just as we do today) but absolutely no wedding rings or any type of gold was ever found. this stuff just did not disappear into the earth, folks. my prof informed us that in his 30+ year career he had never unearthed anyone who had any jewelry or even gold teeth remaining. funeral homes have been relieving our loved ones of these things for as long as they have existed.

    it’s hard to say which is more evil — the state through it’s medical examiner’s office or the funeral home that everyone in town ‘trusts’ — but it happens at both places with unrelenting regularity. now we cannot help it if our loved ones must go to a ME office prior to burial, but i would encourage everyone to do whatever is in reason to take possession of your loved ones jewelry before the body goes anywhere and under no circumstances, even if grandma wanted to go to the pearly gates wearing her tiffany cut wedding band, do not do it. grandma will not know and if the pearly gates exist, she will forgive you.

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    • @fauxmccoy. Thanks for sharing your experience. I don’t know when it started in Chicago, but as a child I always heard to never bury anyone with valuables because the funeral homes steal.

      There was a time when cemetery workers threw a shovel of dirt in the grave and then everyone had to leave. Now, they will continue putting dirt in the grave in the presence of family and loved ones as long as the funeral home director approves.

      As I understand it, the reason for this change was because people suspected that the funeral home replaced expensive caskets with cheap coffins — took the expensive ones back and re-sold again.

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      • interesting — sounds like solid legislation. in my brief stint as a grave digger, i did find that the caskets were what was expected at the time of burial (1850s). the one that i struck wood while digging was actually what was a very expensive and unusual (at that time) glass topped casket. the glass had broken over the years, but this man was certainly buried in whatever his family paid to have him buried in — most of the other caskets were the cheap pine boxes of the day.

        i have no doubt though that the practice you described exists. i am glad that when my father died that i was present to remove any valuables from his body and that we had him cremated.

        ironically, we spread his ashes at a very similar ‘gold era’ cemetery, situated in the foothills of california’s coastal range. it was a spot that he and i had visited numerous times even though it was a bit of a drive from where we lived. when i was first diagnosed with cancer, i told him that if the worst should happen, that is where i wanted my ashes. he agreed that that there no more perfect spot to rest in perpetuity. in the absence of clear direction in his will, we decided to go with that as the best indication of his desires.

        even more strange for me though, was the ride home on a winding road … i had to stop the car to allow a wild turkey to cross the road. as a devotee to northern california’s back woods, i have only seen 2 of these in my almost 50 years. the irony is that ‘wild turkey’ was my father’s drink of choice, so my brothers and i took it as a sign from the universe, stepped into one of the seedier establishments in my dinky hometown and ordered a round in honor of my dad. somehow, that turkey provided more comfort than almost anything in the whole nightmarish situation.

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        • Two sides to a story

          It’s wonderful how the newly departed reassure the living that they’re okay through these natural phenomena. My brother recently assured us of his presence with a cool breeze that burst through the patio door and into the house when it wasn’t breezy outdoors. He appeared to his former coworkers as a little bird that flew into the office, refused to leave and perched high in a corner to watch everyone. I saw a big cloud with my favourite uncle’s face just after he passed, and a beautiful herd of over 70 pronghorn out in the desert after the death of a friend, and another time, a mourning dove alerted me that a friend had passed.

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          • i’ve had enough similar experiences to know that it happens and that’s a big damn deal of an admission for an admitted agnostic.

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          • two sides to a story

            There are certainly many mysteries in our universe!

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  6. kindheart101

    People arming themselves, shoot first, ask questions later, gun support groups, brutal murders, wars, crimes, war crimes, amber alerts, lack of compassion, selfishness, greed, dishonesty, lies, deception, escalating violence, mass murders, cults, gangs, unproven trustworthiness, racism, drugs………..

    And this is only the tip of the iceberg that we live with today.

    Our Police, Politicians, and even our economy has succumb to the theory of: “Take care of Thyself!”

    I ask you……….Can you travel any lower into the bowels of hell, than to Steal form the Deceased?

    I pray for the Youth of today that truly Know Not what they face in the future. Beware, and tread softly, as those you consider to be your friend today, could take your life tomorrow.

    Lord help us.

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