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False Reports Waste Tax Dollars, Jeopardize Response Times

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From fake carjackings to attempted kidnappings, cops are worried about false cries for help. From fake carjackings to attempted kidnappings, cops are worried about false cries for help.
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From fake carjackings to attempted kidnappings, cops are worried about false cries for help.

The most recent scare cost taxpayers pricey overtime for officers.

Greenville Police officers and a K9 unit rushed to Wade Hampton Boulevard Tuesday night when 47-year-old Angela McLeskey reported she’d just escaped from carjackers.

Police sent eight officers to set up a perimeter, including several off-duty cops, spending your tax money on over-time pay for a crime police say never happened.

There were no carjackers. The crime was a fake.

“During that time if you get of an armed robbery at the other side of town, you may not have that many officers to send to a legitimate crime,” said Greenville Police Public Information Officer Johnathan Bragg.

It could also take longer for officers to get to the scene.

It’s the 35th false report Greenville Police have gotten this year. The department got 60 bogus reports last year.

The carjacking call came the same day as 18-year-old Rachel Mosser falsely reported an attempted kidnapping at the University of South Carolina.

Both women face charges.

Police say the McLeskey made up the crime as a way to get insurance to cover her car damage.

Clinical psychologist Dr. Robert Moss said many people who make these false reports are really looking for attention.

“The type of individual that does it is going to be that person that’s looking for attention, that’s basically in most cases pretty manipulative,” said Moss.

Police say in both the Greenville and Columbia cases, they were tipped off because these women’s stories kept changing.

In Columbia, they also found security video of the teen that showed her at the time and place she claimed a man tried to kidnap her -- but no one approached her.

The number of false reports are higher in Spartanburg than Greenville. Spartanburg Public Safety got 92 bogus reports last year and 41 so far this year.

In Anderson County, 39 people made false reports to the sheriff's office last year. There have been 25 so far this year.

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