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Florida Woman Fakes Rape To Cover For Missing Work, Police Say

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A 21-year-old Florida woman was arrested for filing a false police report in order to cover for missing work.

Alexandra Anne Westover, 21, reported a broad-daylight sexual assault on the Florida Turnpike. Westover claimed she had a flat tire around 9 am on Tuesday. When she pulled over, a man in a white vehicle also pulled over and asked if she needed help. She said the man attacked and sexually assaulted her in her car.

More than 100 man-hours were wasted in the search for the rapist before Westover admitted to lying, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.

Florida Highway Patrol had already reviewed the rush-hour tape from the turnpike and never found Westover’s vehicle among the images. They pressed her about whether she was lying, but she stood by her story.

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On Thursday, Westover’s father called the sheriff’s office and told them the story was a hoax.

Westover admitted to a sheriff’s deputy that she made up the story so she wouldn’t get in trouble for missing work at he great-uncle’s home.

She was charged with false report of a crime and perjury. She was released without ball on Friday.

Sources: New York Daily News, Orlando Sentinel