Polk County 911 dispatcher arrested for faking stolen cell phone

11:15 AM, Jun 19, 2012   |    comments
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Bartow, Florida -- A 911 dispatcher with the Polk County Sheriff's Office was arrested after she was caught lying to a detective over a stolen cell phone.

Officials say 24-year-old Nicole Corps-Torres was employed as a civilian Telecommunicator call-taker and dispatcher at PCSO.

On June 16, they say she called the sheriff's office and reported her cell phone had been stolen.

A detective was assigned to the case.

During interviews with Corps-Torres, her story changed a couple of times, they say, as to the time and place she last saw her phone.

The detective also located a claim filed by Corps-Torres in late May with her cell phone insurance company stating that her phone was "lost," and asking for the phone to be replaced.

When told by the insurance company that the policy did not replace lost phones, but did replace stolen phones, they say Corps-Torres then decided to report the phone as stolen.

Investigators say Corps-Torres admitted lying to the detective in order to have a report filed with PCSO for a stolen phone, to have her phone replaced for free.

She was booked into the Polk County Jail on Monday, June 18 and charged with one count False Report Of A Crime.

Officials say she was hired as a Telecommunicator in October 2008, when PCSO began answering calls and dispatching for the Winter Haven Police Department, and that previously she had worked for Winter Haven P.D. as a dispatcher.

Officials say Corps-Torres resigned effective immediately upon her arrest.

Had she not resigned, they say, she would have been fired.

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