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Local Updates from ABC News Radio for Knoxville.

Wednesday
Jul302014

Loan Officer Pleads Guilty to Fraud Conspiracy

(KNOXVILLE, Tenn.) -- A loan officer pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, admitting to a plan to obtain a mortgage loan by providing false information to a lender.

Paulynn Wright of Knoxville plotted the scheme with co-defendants Joyce Allen, Kay Thomas, and Dona Rector, according to officials.

The individuals planned on supplying an asset verification letter that falsely stated that Wright had an investment with Benchmark Capital.

Wright faces sentencing on Dec. 3.


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Wednesday
Jul302014

Tennessee Soldiers to Receive Debt Relief in Lending Scheme Settlement 

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- One hundred Tennessee soldiers are set to receive more than $400,000 in debt relief as part of a nationwide lending scheme settlement.

Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper joined 12 state attorneys Tuesday in announcing a total of $92 million in debt forgiveness for about 17,000 U.S. soldiers and other consumers alleged to have been harmed by company Rome Finance.

Officials say Rome Finance offered consumers contracts to buy computers, video game consoles, televisions, and other products, typically sold at mall kiosks near military bases. The paperwork promised instant financing with no money down, with the company serving sometimes serving as the initial creditor.

The deal affects servicemen once stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

"My office recently published a consumer manual for service members, and we work closely with Ft. Campbell consumer counselors," Cooper said. "Soldiers shouldn't have to worry about being cheated when they buy a car, a computer or some other product or service."


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Wednesday
Jul302014

Sevierville Man Added to Tennessee's 'Most Wanted' List

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- A Sevierville man is the latest addition to the state's "Most Wanted" list, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation announced.

The latest person to be added to the list is 31-year-old Nathan McCollum, who's wanted for violating probation for attempted aggravated kidnapping, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, violation of an order of protection, and several counts of theft and traffic charges, the TBI said.

Authorities accuse McCollum of removing his GPS monitor on July 13, after being discharged from a drug treatment program in Alabama. The monitor was found the following day by police in Chattanooga.

Anyone with information on McCollum's whereabouts is asked to contact authorities at 800-824-3463 or 844-832-3463. A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to his arrest.


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Tuesday
Jul292014

Man Killed in Motorcycle Accident Tuesday

(KNOXVILLE, Tenn.) -- A man was killed on Tuesday after the brakes on his motorcycle locked up, throwing him from the vehicle.

According to the Knox County Sheriff's Office, the man was riding on Gray Road at about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday when he miscalculated a curve and lost control, sliding into a guard rail before being tossed from the motorcycle.

The man was wearing a helmet -- but not an approved helmet -- and was pronounced dead on the scene.

The KCSO did not identify the man, as family notifications had not yet been made.


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Tuesday
Jul292014

TN Dept. of Safety and Homeland Security Seeks Reaccreditation

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security is seeking reaccreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc.

TDSHS Commissioner Bill Gibbons said on Monday that the agency will host CALEA assessors next month to prove they comply with the commission's list of 475 standards. Part of the assessment will also include phone comments made by department personnel and members of the community.

Law enforcement agencies must reapply for accreditation with CALEA every three years.


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