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Filing false reports cause frustration for law enforcement

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -Since 2008 there have been 81 false police reports made to the Jonesboro Police Department. That averages to about 13 cases a year. Unfortunately, JPD isn't the only agency in town who deals with the phony files.

"It's very frustrating on law enforcement end because we are constantly working everyday on several different cases," said Craighead County Sheriff Marty Boyd.

The fake reports not only waste time but money as well. Some cases waste up to thousands of dollars.

"When it comes down to money you're looking at man hours placed on something," said Boyd. "The case in particular that happened last week wasted up to four or five thousand dollars in one day."

Filing a false report is a misdemeanor and could lead to punishment up to one year in jail. However, felony charges are possible.

"If someone is injured or someone is arrested under a false report, than the person that made that report will be charged with a felony crime," said Boyd.

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