Missing woman fakes her own drowning to avoid court

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One South Carolina woman really did not want to go to her court date. So much, that she faked her own drowning.

According to WSOC, North Myrtle Beach Public Safety officials have determined that Amy Lynette Arrington did not drown, but instead, she conspired with her husband, Paul David Arrington, for her to disappear.

The police report states that Paul told police he was laying on the beach when Amy told him she was going into the water. He told her he would be there in a minute and watched her walk into the water about waist deep before he laid back down.

About 20 minutes later, Paul began to approach women on the beach, looking for his wife. Paul then realized she was no where to be found and reported her missing to a lifeguard, according to the report.

It was not until 4 days later, after emergency crews searched the beach and its waters, that officials determined the duo had faked the whole thing.

Paul Arrington will now face charges for filing a false police report.

His wife’s history of fraud does not start with this incident as it goes back 10 years in Mecklenburg County. Court records show three other names for Amy Arrington: Amy Robinson, Amy Goebel and Amy Sutton.

Most recently she went to prison in February 2006 on fraud charges and was released at the end of 2008.

She’s charged now with using another woman’s account information to make payments of hundreds and even thousands of dollars to buy things on Amazon, pay a cable bill and pay a bank bill of almost $7,500.

She was scheduled to go to trial in May, but received a note from the hospital in Gastonia saying she was in the emergency department.

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