JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A Jones County woman made her initial appearance in court Wednesday for filing a false rape claim on March 26.
Leshia Ashmore, 51, of Ovett went before Jones County Justice Court, and her bond was set at $10,000 for the false reporting of a crime.
The Jones County Sheriff's Department officials were seeking restitution for the cost of the investigation, and the judge ordered Ashmore to pay back over $766.00 to the sheriff's department within the next 30 days.
According to Ashmore, over the weekend she was at a convenience store in Ellisville when she was taken at gunpoint, driven to a unknown location and forcibly raped.
The Ellisville Police Department and 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 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.
Ashmore faces another charge of false reporting of a crime from the Ellisville Police Department, but her court date has not been released.