Why People Make False Police Reports?

What provokes people, mainly women to invent such stories?

After making a small investigation, I found out that in vast majority of cases people just want to attract someone’s attention or to hide that they have been unfaithful to their spouses. One girl claimed she made up the attack to get her husband’s attention. Another one tried to explain to her husband why she had chlamydia.

A 20-year-old Danielle Deichman from Laguna Niguel was arrested for filing a false police report about an attempted sexual assault.Troubled by inconsistencies in her story, investigators re-interviewed Deichman on Thursday, at which point she admitted to lying to authorities and copying details from a separate reported attack, when another woman told investigators that she had been assaulted along Alicia Parkway in Laguna Hills.

Filing a false report with police may seem merely a waste of time, but there’s a financial cost, an emotional cost and a social cost. Man-hours lost on a false report divert attention from real cases.

Another girl, Christina Goins, 23, was charged last week with filing a false report over her claim that she was sexually assaulted by an intruder in her home.

Last November, Goins reported that she was grabbed from behind while cleaning her kitchen. She claimed the intruder entered her home through a sliding patio door.

Stephanie Williams-Ortery of the James City Police said Goins told police her attacker hit her on the back of the head, knocking her unconscious. Goins provided a detailed description of the suspect, including a ski mask and dark gloves.

A State Police canine unit was brought in to track the suspect. Goins even underwent a sexual assault exam. No suspect was ever identified, and eventually her story fell apart. She recanted her story during an interview with police after they raised inconsistencies in her version.

Goins claimed she made up the attack to get her husband’s attention.

Through the years, James City has dealt with a handful of false reports on sex crimes. In 2002 a 12-year-old girl falsely claimed she was raped at a neighborhood park in First Colony. A year later, a 19-year-old woman wrongly accused an acquaintance of holding her hostage for 15 hours and raping her multiple times.

Her story unraveled after photos of her and her attacker were discovered. Police later surmised that she may have made up the story to explain to her husband why she had chlamydia.

The 12-year-old recanted after police pressed her for more information. Like Goins, the girl claimed she was seeking attention.

In recent years there have been a total of 21 arrests on the charge of filing false police reports. 13 people were charged in 2009 and eight in 2008.

The false reports included a variety of bogus claims, from robbery and burglary to arson and assault in 2008. In 2009 there were two false rape claims as well as several false assault and vehicle theft reports.

Filing a false police report is a Class 1 misdemeanor that carries up to a year in jail and $2,500 fine.


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