Knox mayor’s ex-wife charged with identity theft

Allison Burchett, Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett’s ex-wife, has been charged with with identity theft, violation of computer law and tampering with evidence, reports the News Sentinel.

A presentment from a Knox County grand jury this week outlined 13 charges, primarily linked to a series of logins to electronic accounts connected to Jo Nicole Strickland, the estranged wife of Bandit Lites CEO Michael Strickland.

At one point, according to the indictment, Burchett posted on Nicole Strickland’s Facebook account with the intent to affect a pending “official proceeding.” The charges don’t explain what the post was.

Burchett was booked Friday at the Knox County Detention Facility and released on $10,000 bond.

The presentment alleges Burchett, on six separate occasions, used Strickland’s personal information to commit computer-related crimes. She is also accused of copying information from Nicole Strickland’s computer on six occasions.

A tampering charge alleges she created a fake document in a bid to affect the outcome of a divorce action.

The six identity theft charges carry a penalty range of between two and four years in prison each. The tampering charge carries a penalty range of three to six years.

Six unlawful use of a computer charges — related to making copies of records — are misdemeanors.

The charges came after a May 14 raid by the FBI Cybercrimes Task Force and the Knoxville Police Department, when officers and agents executed simultaneous search warrants at Bandit’s corporate headquarters on Sycamore Drive and Michael Strickland’s home in an upscale West Knox County neighborhood.

…Allison Burchett filed for divorce from Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett in 2012. Nicole Strickland filed for divorce from Michael Strickland in 2010.