JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A Jones County woman was arrested Tuesday for allegedly falsely claiming she was kidnapped and raped.
Leshia Ashmore, 51, of Ovett said that she was at a convenient store in Ellisville when she was taken at gunpoint and driven to an unknown location and forcibly raped.
Jones County officials launched an extensive investigation and found that Ashmore's allegations were not true.
Sheriff Alex Hodge said making false claims is a waste of resources and money for the sheriff's department and the Ellisville Police Department.
"Make no mistake, it is against the law to falsely report a crime, but not only does it waste our professional team's time and the tax payers' money, it also is a slap in the face to actual victims who muster up the last bit of strength he or she has to report an offense." Hodge said, "The Jones County Sheriff's Department will pursue charges against Ashmore, because these were serious charges and investigated fully, taking valuable time away from legitimatecases."
Ashmore faces two charges of false reporting of a crime from both departments.
According to officials, both departments are seeking financial restitution, and Ashmore could also be sentenced up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.