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Man charged after allegedly claiming to be police officer

September 10th, 2015 12:08 am by Staff report

Man charged after allegedly claiming to be police officer

Mark Orbin Sloan

KINGSPORT — A city man has been charged with identify theft after claiming to be a law enforcement officer, according to a news release from the Kingsport Police Department.

On September 6, police received a complaint from a woman regarding ongoing harassment from a man known to her as Mark Orbin Sloan. During their inquiry, officers in the KPD’s Criminal Investigations Division reportedly discovered that in an attempt to recover disputed property in her possession, Sloan sent the woman a series of text messages from an unknown phone number.

Police say that in the messages, Sloan, 55, 916 Quillen St., purported to be both a KPD officer and a Tennessee highway patrolman. He also reportedly claimed that he had a subpoena to deliver to her and threatened her with both incarceration and humiliation via social media if she did not comply.

As a result of the investigation, KPD detectives obtained a warrant charging Sloan with identity theft. On Wednesday afternoon, Sloan surrendered himself at the Kingsport Justice Center. He was incarcerated in the Kingsport City Jail in lieu of a $3,000 bond.

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