NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - North Myrtle Beach Police say a missing North Carolina woman faked her disappearance to avoid going to court on criminal charges.
City spokesman Pat Dowling says investigators have determined that 42-year-old Amy Arrington, of Lowell, N.C., did not drown in the ocean Saturday.
Dowling says investigators think the woman and her husband conspired for her to disappear to avoid a court appearance in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Monday on charges of forgery and identity theft. A judge has issued a warrant for her arrest.
Dowling says 45-year-old Paul David Arrington is being charged with filing a false police report about his wife's disappearance.
Investigators have not said where they think Amy Arrington is.
Paul Arrington told a lifeguard Saturday his wife went in the water and was missing.
According to ABC-affiliate 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.