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Woman attempted to frame ex by sending threats to herself with fake Facebook account

December 3, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Woman attempted to frame ex by sending threats to herself with fake Facebook account

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A 25-year-old had her ex-boyfriend arrested on four separate occasions by pretending that he was threatening and stalking her on Facebook, according to California prosecutors.

On Wednesday, Stephani Lawson pleaded guilty to perjury and false imprisonment by fraud, violence, menace, or deceit and was hit with a one-year prison sentence, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office reported. Authorities said that she made a fake Facebook profile to try to set up her ex.

The woman “posed as the victim and sent herself numerous threats” using the fake account, according to a statement released by prosecutors. Detectives said that she claimed he stalked her, violated a restraining order, and told her on Facebook that he was going to murder her.

Tyler Parkervest, her ex-boyfriend, was facing felony charges stemming from the four arrests that occurred over a four-month duration back in 2015. Lawson reportedly used her own devices to send herself additional threats just before his preliminary hearing in May.

Investigators said Lawson created a fake Facebook account and used it to send threats to herself. (MATT ROURKE/AP)

Investigators said Lawson created a fake Facebook account and used it to send threats to herself. (MATT ROURKE/AP)

The woman then testified in court that Parkervest had sent her threatening messages during the two days before the hearing. Investigators began examining the testimony further even as the case against him was scheduled to go to trial, The OC Register reported.

Prosecutors accused Parkervest of kidnapping, stalking, intimidating, kidnapping and beating Lawson. However, screen shots of the messages that she showed on her phone at the pretrial hearing raised doubts about the case.

“One of my DA colleagues looked at it and said, ‘It doesn’t look right,’ and that triggered in our mind, ‘Maybe we need to look into this further,’” Mark Geller, the Deputy District Attorney, told the News Service.

He also noted that he “didn’t have any doubt” that he would have been able to get a guilty verdict against Parkervest if investigators had not evaluated the case further.

Law enforcement officials said they later obtained search warrants for Facebook and T-Mobile records proving that Lawson’s allegations were false. U.S. Marshals apprehended Lawson in Las Vegas in September, and a judge dropped Parkervest’s charges per the prosecutors’ request.

Lawson was sentenced to one-year in county jail as a part of her felony plea. She will also be required to pay restitution penalties to Parkervest and will serve three years of probation upon her release.

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