Two Women from Rockford Charged with Filing False Police Report
Rockford Police have charged two 18-year-old women after some inconsistencies were discovered in their police report that was filed back in November.
According to the press release from the Rockford PD, officers were dispatched to the area of East State and Prospect Street back on November 12 at 1:05 am for an "unlawful restraint" investigation.
The two females identified as Jelayla Brinson and Tiajia Friar told officers that they had been kidnapped and forced into a vehicle near School Street and N. Hinkley Avenue but later escaped from the vehicle before the suspect shot at them.
During a follow-up investigation by Rockford PD detectives, the inconsistencies surfaced and after a review of the case charges were filed by The Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office.
Both Brinson and Friar turned themselves in after being charged with Filing a False Police Report (Disorderly Conduct).
The charges are merely accusations and all individuals are considered innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.
According to Illinois law, filing a false police report is a misdemeanor, but a second report can be charged as a felony.
A person who knowingly makes a false report of a theft, destruction, damage or conversion of any property to a law enforcement agency or other governmental agency with the intent to defraud an insurer is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor. -Illinois General Assembly
Being convicted of filing a false police report is punishable with up to 1 year in county jail or up to 2 years of supervised probation, as well as up to $2,500 in fines, according to ChicagoCriminalLawyer.com.