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Cheryl Nelson Creates Fake Facebook Under Ex-Boyfriend's Name to Accuse Him of Stalking

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A woman who was angry that she and her boyfriend broke up created a fake Facebook page under his name so she could accuse him of stalking her.

Cheryl Nelson, 52, from Grand Rapids, Mich., then reported to police that she was being stalked and harassed by her ex-boyfriend.

Authorities soon learned, however, that she set up a fake Facebook with her ex's information to make it look like he and his new girlfriend were harassing her.

Between November 2011 and October 2012, Nelson filed at least eight criminal complaints against her ex, including that she was being stalked, harassed and assaulted by him, on top of him invading her home. 

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In August 2012, Detective Jason Russo said Nelson filed a complaint that her former boyfriend Kevin Haarsma and his girlfriend taped threatening letters to the front of Nelson's home. 

As Russo investigated the matter, he found that Haarsma had filed a complaint prior to hers indicating that Nelson was stalking him. Russo then obtained a search warrant for Nelson's computer.

In an affidavit, Russo said, "Nelson made an admission that she had been falsely reporting crimes because she was not able to let go of her relationship with Kevin."

"Evidence shows that Nelson used her computer to set up false Facebook accounts using Kevin Haarsma's personal information."

"Nelson used this account to make it appear that she was being stalked and harassed by Kevin's new girlfriend by posting threatening messages."

Prior to being charged with falsely reporting a felony, Nelson was charged with using fraudulent checks in Florida. If she pleads guilty to her current charges, prosecutors will not treat her as a repeat offender.

Sources: Daily Mail, MLive