A woman was arrested in Arkansas after she impersonated a California law enforcement officer to break her boyfriend out of jail.
30-year-old Maxine Feldstein was arrested earlier this month after she posed as a Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputy and produced forged documents to get her boyfriend, Nicholas Lowe, out of the Washington County Detention Center- mere hours after she had bonded out of jail on other charges.
Calling the WCDC staff and identifying herself as VCSO Deputy “L. Kershaw,” Feldstein came back to the detention center and provided the “documentation” needed to release the Arkansas agency’s hold on her boyfriend.
Two days after releasing Lowe, the WCDC received a call from a real Ventura County deputy, who said he was coming to pick up the prisoner.
Soon, it was discovered that the VCSO did not have a deputy by the name of “L.Kershaw,” and that Lowe had coached Feldstein to tell the Washington County deputies that Ventura County was “having issues with overcrowding and all low-priority extraditions have been suspended.”
Lowe was recaptured, and is now facing a felony charge of second-degree escape, in addition to his initial charge of criminal impersonation. Feldstein was arrested on charges of forgery, accomplice to third-degree escape and criminal impersonation.
According to WPTV, a spokeswoman for the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said that the agency is evaluating what when wrong and will take corrective action if necessary.
The couple are being held (separately) at the Washington County Detention Center on bonds of $16,500 and $15,000, respectively. They are due in court on September 5.
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