UPDATE: Former McMinn County detective indicted for wire fraud, aggravated identity theft
Joshua Rhodes, who was employed by the McMinn County Sheriff's Office as a detective, has been indicted on 10 felony counts of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft.
According to indictment filed by the United States Eastern District Court in Chattanooga, the Grand Jury found that beginning on April 28, 2016 and continuing until July 26, 2016, Rhodes used another person's identity to get money from financial institutions and businesses in the Eastern District of Tennessee.
The indictment claims Rhodes stole a suspect's identity while conducting a search warrant on April 28, 2016.
According to the indictment, Rhodes "did transmit by interstate wire communication" money totaling almost $30,000.
Channel 3 asked a local attorney, who has no connection to this case, what this would mean for cases Rhodes previously investigated.
"Unless they were extremely like what he's been charged with and it could have affected evidence in the case, I don't think it would have any effect on past cases,” said attorney McCracken Poston, who has no connection to the case, “But it certainly could have an effect on future and present cases."
Poston said even though Rhodes is innocent until proven guilty, the allegations could impact current cases or re-trials that rely on Rhodes as a key witness.
"His availability is in question now. His credibility is in question now, if he is convicted as a felon it could be used directly against him to impeach his credibility," Poston explained.
Rhodes was fired from the McMinn County Sheriff's Office in 2016.
The maximum prison sentence for wire fraud is up to 20 years in prison.
Here is the full indictment:
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