A Casino woman has been charged for making a false claim after she told police in September she had been the victim of a carjacking.
The 31-year-old woman told police that around midday on September 11 she got into her car after using public toilets, in Johnston Street, Casino, and alleged a man was sitting in the back seat.
She further alleged the man put a cord around her throat and threatened her with a knife.
The woman said she was forced to drive at speed until she got to a caravan park, near Lismore airport.
She went on to describe her alleged assailant in considerable detail, including claiming that he was of Aboriginal appearance.
She added the carjacker had stolen $1,300 from her handbag.
Following a police investigation and a review of CCTV footage, the woman was yesterday re-interviewed and charged with making a false representation resulting in a police investigation.
Inspector Doug Conners, of Richmond Local Area command told Echonetdaily, ‘it’s not unheard-of for people to come to police fabricating stories. There are a range of things that might be happening [in their lives] that might lead to that. It might be mental health issues, the hope of financial gain or other stresses in their life,’
‘From our perspective an extraordinary amount of resources do go into investigating reports of serious crime so when people are found to be making false reports they certainly can expect to be put before the court.