WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - A civilian dispatcher with the Polk County Sheriff's Office was arrested on Monday for filing a false report with the law enforcement agency.
Nicole Corps-Torres, 24, of Lake Hamilton resigned from the sheriff's office following her arrest. Authorities said she would have been fired, had she not resigned.
Corps-Torres called the sheriff's office on June 16 and reported that her cell phone had been stolen. During interviews with a detective, her story changed several times, authorities said.
Corps-Torres notified her cell phone insurance company in May that she had lost her phone. When she learned the company would not replace a lost phone, she decided to report it stolen instead, investigators said.
Corps-Torres admitted to lying to the detective so she could have her phone replaced for free, detectives said. She was arrested and booked into the Polk County Jail.
Corps-Torres was hired in telecommunications (call taker and dispatcher) in October 2008.
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