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Houston woman arrested in bizarre catfish scheme to frame ex-boyfriend

December 5, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Houston woman arrested in bizarre catfish scheme to frame ex-boyfriend

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A woman from Houston was taken into custody for pretending to be her ex-boyfriend on the internet in a strange catfish scheme to frame him.

On Friday, 22-year-old Lisa Marie Garcia was charged after she reportedly made fake threats to herself while pretending to be her ex Brandon Berrott on social media, according to KHOU.

“Lisa Garcia created a fake Facebook, Instagram, and phone number on apps and was sending threats to herself as well as my client’s other child’s mother, purportedly from him,” Berrott’s lawyer Carl Moore said.

Moore alleged that the custody battle over the couple’s child caused Garcia to try to frame the man for making terroristic threats.

The plot first started in September and continued every time 23-year-old Berrott was freed from jail.

Prosecutors said that Berrott was taken into custody eight times and was fired from his job because of the supposed threats.

“She didn’t do it once, twice, she did it eight different times,” Moore added. “Nobody believed [Berrott], so he was put under house arrest after making bond, to protect the accusers.”

The woman’s allegations started to unravel after she falsely claimed Berrott’s mom bribed a judge to release him.

Garcia is facing charges of bribery, online harassment, and retaliation. She remains in custody on $200,000 bail.

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