Sheriff plans to make woman pay for false report

Published: Apr. 30, 2015 at 4:47 PM EDT|Updated: May. 10, 2015 at 4:47 PM EDT
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NEWBERRY, SC (WIS) - The Newberry County Sheriff says he plans to seek restitution from a woman accused of filing a false report earlier this week that she was kidnapped.

On Tuesday, Victoria Queeyona Turner, 23, of Newberry, was arrested in Laurens County. Investigators say Turner called 911 claiming she had been kidnapped after getting into an argument with a man over money.

"It appears that Turner believed that she would be able to force the male suspect to pay her the money if she reported him for kidnapping her," said a news release from the sheriff's department.

Sheriff Lee Foster said he plans to demand Turner repay Newberry County for the cost of searching for her and the alleged kidnapper. Foster says his department is still calculating the numbers but he says it "would easily be in the tens of thousands of dollars."

The news release also said "many others were inconvenienced by Turner's actions including medical facilities, businesses and schools that had to be placed on lock down (sic) when it was believed there was a suspect on the loose shortly after she was discovered in Laurens County."

"It is simply not fair for the taxpayers of Newberry County to have to pay for these resources for someone who blatantly abused the criminal justice system," Foster said.

Turner was charged with improper use of 911, filing a false police report, breach of peace and giving false information to a police officer in Laurens County.

Turner was released on bond from Laurens County and returned to Newberry County Wednesday night. Upon her return, she was arrested on a charge of filing a false police report related to a felony. She was released on bond Thursday morning.

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