FLINT, MI – Authorities in Flint have made two separate arrests where individuals have filed False Police Reports.
The City of Flint Police Department occasionally receive reports of criminal activity that is suspected by the investigator to be a false report. The motivation by people to make a false reports is frequently to cover up other criminal activity that they themselves have been involved in.
On January 17th, 2015, Flint Police were dispatched to the 3800 block of South Saginaw Street for a shooting. Officers found Tarence Lard, 19-years-old, laying in a parking lot with a gunshot wound in his leg.
Lard reported that he was shot in a drive-by while walking through the lot. After a handgun was recovered at the scene, Lard was re-interviewed concerning the actual events leading to him being shot.
Lard was charged and arraigned for “False Report of a Felony”, a felony charge punishable by up to 4 years in prison, a $2,000.00 fine, or both, and “Carrying a Concealed Weapon”, a felony charge punishable by up to 5 years in prison or a fine of $2,500.
On December 28th, 2014, Oscar Banks, 24-years-old, arrived at Hurley Medical Center with a gunshot wound.
The investigation led detectives to Banks residence where they located blood in several areas of the house, a bullet hole in his floor that traveled into an adjoining apartment and a stolen handgun.
Banks was charged with and arraigned for “False Report of a Felony”, a felony charge punishable by up to 4 years in prison, a $2,000.00 fine, or both.
Individuals making false reports take valuable investigative time and resources away from legitimate victims. The Flint Police Department will charge individuals determined to be making a false reports with their agency, through the Genesee County Prosecutor’s Office.