A female police officer in New York was arrested after an investigation revealed she was sending herself threatening text messages and claiming her colleagues were doing it.
Emily Hirshowitz, 36, was charged by Westchester District Attorney’s Office on Wednesday after it was discovered that she had fabricated a series of threatening and disparaging messages in order to get attention.
The messages ranged from calling her “useless,” and “dumb [expletive],” to urging her to commit suicide.
When Hirshowitz brought the made-up matter up to her superiors at Ossining Police Department, the matter was escalated to a DA investigation.
The investigation began in the summer of 2022, after Hirshowitz initially reported the texts a few months prior. When the officer began wanting to drop the matter following escalation, investigators began to suspect that she was creating the drama herself.
By October, a warrant was issued for her phone and a digital forensics investigation was carried out.
According to the Daily Mail, it was soon revealed that Hirshowitz had likely controlled several “burner” numbers in order to text herself.
“There’s a lot of mystery and confusion surrounding the allegations in this case and we’ll evaluate as we learn more,” said her attorney, Paul DerOhannesian.
Hirshowitz was suspended with pay after being charged with four counts of third-degree falsely reporting an incident, along with three counts of first-degree filing a false instrument.
An additional individual, former OPD officer Louis Rinaldi, has been brought up as a possible accomplice.
Hirshowitz is expected to appear in court on July 12.
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