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03/24/2015

Parish Woman Arrested For Filing False Report

Leslie Woodward, 43, a resident of Lon Miley Road in Bogalusa, was arrested March 20 and charged with Injuring Public Records, a felony, and Criminal Mischief, a misdemeanor.  Woodward’s bond was set at $5,000.  She met the conditions of her bond and was released from custody on March 23. 

Woodward’s problems began in December 2014 when she reported that her husband had abused her.  Her husband was arrested and placed in jail where he remained until he was able to bond out on February 4.

After the husband’s release from jail, he contacted Sheriff’s Office investigators and provided additional details about his wife’s allegations against him and produced a  witness who supported his story.  Further investigation revealed that the saga began after Woodward learned that her husband had received a cash settlement in a civil matter.  She then concocted a scheme to set up her husband and send him to prison. 

The investigation revealed many inconsistencies in Woodward’s story and even the 911 calls leading up to her husband’s arrest were deemed to be rehearsed.  The investigation revealed that she intentionally falsified a written statement to law enforcement and orchestrated a false 911 call to entrap her husband on a false allegation of domestic aggravated assault.  Warrants were obtained for Woodward and she was arrested at her house without incident.

Sheriff Randy Seal complimented the investigative division on their work in this matter.  “The husband was lawfully arrested on probable cause to believe he had committed a crime.  Unfortunately, the information provided to our office was false.  The husband turned out to be the victim in this matter and I am pleased our investigators were able to sort out the details and arrest Mrs. Woodward.  This is a good lesson to anyone that filing a false complaint is a violation of the law that may result in a trip to the parish jail.”

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