Smyrna Police charge man in nationwide wire, phone fraud case


Smyrna Police have charged a local man for a phone and wire fraud scam involving multiple alleged victims across the country.

In late February, Smyrna detectives were notified by the Sedona, AZ Police of an elderly victim who had fallen for a phone scam resulting in the loss of thousands of dollars from his bank account.

Further details of the nature of the fraud were not released.

It was determined that the suspect committing the actions resided in Smyrna.

While investigating this incident, detectives became aware of potential victims who lived in Alabama, Missouri, Washington, and Illinois.

Detectives were able to identify Jhiel Watson, 21 of Smyrna as the suspect.

With the assistance of multiple out of state police departments, it was determined that more than $98,000 was taken from multiple victims.

Smyrna Police gainedmultiple search warrants and have been able to recover approximately $30,000 in stolen funds, a release stated.

This investigation remains on-going and additional victims/crimes are expected to be found.

Watson was taken to Sussex Correctional Institute in lieu of $7,500 secured bond.

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