NC woman accused of faking disappearance turns herself in

CHARLOTTE, MECKLENBURG COUNTY - A North Carolina woman accused of faking her disappearance to avoid going to court has turned herself in to police.

Officials said 42-year-old Amy Arrington, of Gaston County, turned herself in to Charlotte Police Wednesday night.

Arrington was reported by her husband as a possible drowning victim at North Myrtle Beach in South Carolina Saturday.

But investigators said they think the couple made up the story so she could avoid a court appearance in Charlotte Monday on forgery and identity theft charges. A judge issued a warrant for her arrest when she failed to show up.

Arrington's husband, Paul Arrington, talked with ABC-affiliate WSOC.

"It was a stupid choice, I mean very stupid, one that we both regret that was made, but I love my wife and I'm going to do anything I can to protect her," Paul Arrington said.

Charges for filing a false police report are pending against Paul Arrington.

Amy Arrington was booked into the Mecklenburg County Jail Thursday on the following charges-- three counts of obtaining property by false pretense, three counts of financial identity fraud, forgery, and uttering a forged instrument. She is being held on a $65,000 bond. It's not clear if she has an attorney. She is scheduled to appear in court Friday.

According to WSOC, Amy Arrington is accused of using another woman's account information to buy items on Amazon, pay a cable bill, and pay a bank bill of almost $7,500.

WSOC reports that Amy Arrington's history of fraud goes back 10 years in Mecklenburg County. Court records show three other names for her-- Amy Robinson, Amy Goebel and Amy Sutton.

According to records, Amy Arrington was in prison from February 2006 to the end of 2008 on fraud charges.


For more information, visit WSOC.

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