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Woman Jailed for Sending Herself Threat Texts

Two years ago, Jeanne Mundango Manunga, a 25-year-old woman from Santa Ana, found herself in a situation that she felt warranted a police intervention: Jeanne was receiving threatening text messages from her ex-boyfriend and his sister-in-law.

Manunga went to three different police departments and explained that her ex-boyfriend and his sister were sending her threatening messages. After 19 complaints from Manunga, the police issued arrest warrants for the two hostile texters. The sister-in-law was arrested three times and on one occasion, spent time in jail while she tried to get bail money together. However, it appears Manunga was lying to the police.

Jeanne likely just wanted to get her ex and his sister-in-law into trouble, however, she probably didn't bank on the two victims teaming up to uncover her lies. They went to a phone store and learned Jeanne had bought and registered a cell phone in the sister-in-law's name. They told police and detectives soon discovered that all the threatening text messages were sent when the pre-paid cell phone was in close proximity to Manunga's home or work.

The Orange County Register reports that Manunga was Friday sentenced to a year in prison and placed on three years probation for false imprisonment by fraud or deceit, and two misdemeanor counts of making a false police report. She was also told to stay away from her ex-boyfriend and his sister-in-law and ordered to pay them $50,000 in restitution.

(Orange County Register via CNet)