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Man blamed for stealing jewelry from clients now accused of posing as attorney

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Zach Jones appears in court in 2015. (WSMV file photo) Zach Jones appears in court in 2015. (WSMV file photo)
The I-Team found similarities between the signature of Zach Jones and Diaz Jones. (WSMV) The I-Team found similarities between the signature of Zach Jones and Diaz Jones. (WSMV)
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The man accused of stealing jewelry from the homes he was hired to clean is now the subject of two arrest warrants in Georgia, accusing him of posing as an attorney in order to steal people’s money.

The warrants out of Tifton, GA, accuse Zach Jones of theft by deception.

Jones once ran a cleaning service, and several of his former clients came to the Channel 4 I-Team with complaints that jewelry went missing after they hired him.

Jones later pleaded guilty to stealing one of the I-Team’s hidden cameras when we tried to catch him in the act.

Jones began serving his sentence in 2015.

Just a year later, Delores Batts, who lives in Douglas, GA, hired a man by the name of Diaz Jones to represent her son in his upcoming trial.

Batts said a friend recommended Jones.

"He told me that he could get my son off. He told me that my son had a bogus charge,” Batts said.

Batts said she met Jones, who introduced himself as Diaz Jones, at a fast food restaurant in Tifton and gave him a check for $4,500.

But when Batts’ son went to court, Jones didn’t show.

"My son didn't have legal counsel, and that put me in the hole,” Batts said.

The I-Team examined the signature of Diaz Jones on the retainer he gave Batts, and the signature of Zach Jones on his Nashville court papers, and found the two had strong similarities.

When Batts went online to try to find anything about Diaz Jones, she came across the I-Team’s investigations into Zach Jones.

"My blood pressure went up and I had to go to my physician. It blew my mind. That this was the same identical guy,” Batts said.

"He preyed on these people when they were at their most desperate times in life,” said Det. Daniel Ray with the Tifton Police Department.

Ray said when he started investigating, he called Diaz Jones as well and ended up speaking with Zach Jones.

"I went as far as contacting him and acting like I had a loved one in jail, and he went as far as giving me legal advice,” Ray said.

“Did you say, at the end of the call, by the way, I’m a detective?" asked chief investigative reporter Jeremy Finley.

"Oh yes, and he turned it around. As if he knew something was up the entire time. That he was just going along with me. And that's he's what I call a shyster,” Ray said.

Using the same phone number Batts and Ray were given for Diaz Jones, Finley called as well, and Zach Jones answered.

"I've been contacted by law enforcement and people in Georgia saying you're posing as an attorney and taking people's money,” Finley said.

"I don't know nothing about that man,” Jones said.

"You're denying that you had this woman sign this documentation that has your signature on it?" Finley asked.

"That's correct, sir,” Jones said. "I'm going to tell you what I told you back in 2012 - if I did something wrong, then I did something wrong. But I did nothing wrong. Since that incident with your crooked a**, I ain't done s***. I’ve been walking the straight line."

The I-Team also spoke with another woman in Georgia who said she paid Jones $700 to act as her son’s attorney, and he never showed up for court.

Ray said he’s spoken with at least five people who are making the same claims.

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