SANTA ANA, California — A 25-year-old Las Vegas woman has been charged with sending herself threatening messages from a phony Facebook account she set up in an ex-boyfriend’s name in order to get him arrested.
Prosecutors in Orange County, California, say Stephani Renae Lawson, created the fake account sometime before Sept. 2015 while living in California and began using it to send numerous threats to herself.
She then allegedly filed multiple police reports saying the boyfriend, who authorities identified only as John Doe, had stalked and threatened to kill her and violated a restraining order. As a result, police arrested the boyfriend four times between September and December of 2015 and charged him with multiple felonies.
Lawson, allegedly sent herself more threatening messages in May using her own devices and internet connection. A few days later, she is charged with testifying at a court hearing under penalty of perjury that her ex had sent the threatening messages.
But a further investigation revealed that the boyfriend was not responsible and that Lawson had been behind the threats all along. Charges against him have since been dropped and Lawson was arrested in Las Vegas.
She has been charged with false imprisonment and perjury and faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.