It would normally be good news to learn that a woman feared drowned at Myrtle Beach last weekend didn't drown after all. The catch is that Amy Arrington, 42, is accused of concocting the story in cahoots with her husband to avoid a court appearance, reports WRAL. The fruitless search continued from Saturday evening into Tuesday night after husband Paul Arrington told police his wife walked into the ocean and never returned. Amy Arrington has since turned herself in to Charlotte police and is due in court tomorrow to face charges including identity theft and forgery, reports WSOC.
"It was a stupid choice, I mean very stupid, one that we both regret that was made, but I love my wife and I'm going to do anything I can to protect her,” Paul Arrington told the TV station. He faces charges of filing a false report. The Observer reports that his wife has a criminal record dating back to 1992 and served two years in prison for fraud and identity theft before her release in 2008. "I don't think Paul really had a clue" about his wife's criminal past, says his brother. (Read more weird crimes stories.)