A woman who admitted wasting police time by making false allegations of sexual assault in South Yorkshire has been fined £80.
The 41-year-old claimed to have been attacked by two men on land off Greenland Road in Darnall in January and two arrests were made.
Police said their investigation found inconsistencies in her account and the woman later admitted making it up.
News of the allegation spread fear and panic in the local area, police said.
The woman received a fixed penalty fine for the offence.
Det Insp Richard Liversidge said: "In this instance the investigating officers began to suspect that things were not quite right.
"Two men were arrested; however, witnesses and other information supported their account.
"Her false report tied up a good deal of police time that could have been spent on other matters, and unfortunately, cases like this can only have an adverse effect on efforts to tackle genuine reports of rape.
"The false allegation also spread unnecessary panic in the local community, who feared a rapist was at large."
Second Story that names the false accuser:
When a mother of five reported that she had been raped by two East European men, panic spread through her community and ethnic tension led to street violence.
Despite the arrest of two suspects, the crime remained unsolved and angry residents confronted police chiefs at a public meeting to voice fears for their safety.
Yesterday it was revealed that the ‘victim’, Susan Bradley, 41, later admitted to police that the attack never took place.