Woman opens Facebook account in her boyfriend's name and sends herself death threats to put him in jail


Stephani Renae Lawson 
By: Feng Qian

A woman who wanted to take revenge against her boyfriend, opened a Facebook account in his name and used to send herself threatening messages, according to police in California.

The Orange County District Attorney's Office said that the woman was convicted and sentenced to one year in jail for falsely accusing her former boyfriend of stalking and making criminal threats, resulting in his arrest four times.

Stephani Renae Lawson, 25, of Las Vegas, Nevada, pleaded guilty to one felony count of false imprisonment by menace, violence, fraud, or deceit, and one felony count of perjury.

She was sentenced to one year in county jail, three years of probation, and was ordered to pay restitution.

Prior to September 2015, Lawson was living in Lake Forest and created a Facebook account that falsely depicted her ex-boyfriend, who was not identified.

The defendant posed as the victim and sent herself numerous threats.

Lawson filed multiple police reports with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) in which she stated that her boyfriend violated a restraining order, stalked, and threatened to kill her.

Lawson reported to OCSD that the threats came from the victim’s Facebook account. The boyfriend was subsequently arrested four times between September and December, and charged with multiple felonies.

On May 3, 2016, and May 4, 2016, Lawson sent herself more threats through Facebook, using her own devices and Internet provider address.

On May 5, 2016, Lawson testified under penalty of perjury at her boyfriend’s preliminary hearing and stated that the man threatened her on May 3, 2016, and May 4, 2016, through Facebook.

The Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA) Bureau of Investigation conducted a follow-up investigation into the statements Lawson made while on the witness stand.

The OCDA investigation revealed that the true victim was the boyfriend and he was not guilty of the crimes. On Sept. 28, 2016, Lawson was charged with the above crimes and a warrant was issued for her arrest.

The US Marshals Service arrested the defendant in Las Vegas, Nevada, and she was extradited to Orange County by the OCDA.

Charges against the boyfriend were dismissed on Oct. 6, 2016, at the request of the OCDA.