Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Police: Pahrump woman fabricated sexual assault story to hide gambling activities

A Pahrump woman allegedly fabricated a story about being sexually assaulted to conceal her gambling activities, according to the Nye County Sheriff's Office.

Officials recommended to the Nye County District Attorney's Office that Mary Elizabeth Lawrence, 59, be charged in connection with false reports of a crime.

Officials said the incident stemmed from Lawrence's report Friday that she had been kidnapped, sexually assaulted and robbed Thursday night.

As Nye County's Sexual Assault Response Team began investigating and obtained a search warrant, detectives learned Lawrence's story was false, officials said.

Lawrence allegedly admitted to investigators that the sexual assault story was a hoax, meant to hide gambling activities, officials said. None of the described crimes had occurred.