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Arkansas woman gets 15 years for posing as sheriff, releasing boyfriend from jail


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FAYETTEVILLE, Arkansas — An Arkansas woman was given 15 years in prison for posing as a California sheriff’s deputy and convincing Washing County Jail officials to release her boyfriend from jail.

 

Maxine Feldstein, 30, pleaded guilty on Monday in Washington County Circuit Court to forgery, third-degree escape and second-degree criminal impersonation.

 

She succeeded—initially. The pair were arrested about a month later in Fayetteville.

 

Feldstein presented false paperwork to the Washington County Detention Center in July 2018, which fooled the jailers into releasing her boyfriend, Nicholas Lowe.

 

Lowe pleaded guilty in February for escaping jail but received no jail time due to time already served, with five years of parole.

 

While in jail, Lowe told Feldstein to pose as a deputy from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office in Ventura, California in order to trick jail officials into releasing Lowe to Feldstein, according to court documents.

 

Lowe said Feldstein should tell Washington County that Ventura County was “having issues with overcrowding and all low-priority extraditions have been suspended,” according to the affidavit.

 

Feldstein, who had only just bonded out of jail earlier that day, called the Washing County Jail and identified herself as deputy “L. Kershaw” with the Ventura County Sheriff's Office. 

 

She also provided a forged document releasing the agency’s hold on Lowe.

 

Jail staff learned of the forgery and accidental release two days later, when a real Ventura County sheriff deputy called to say he was on his way to pick up Lowe.

 

The sheriff’s office reportedly discovered the plan through jail video where Lowe told Feldstein of the plan while she visited him.

 

Washington County later figured out the document Feldstein used was fake, and that VCSO didn’t have a deputy named “L. Kershaw,” according to the affidavit.

 

https://www.thv11.com/article/news/crime/arkansas-woman-gets-15-years-for-posing-as-sheriff-releasing-boyfriend-from-jail/91-a81d733d-ef4d-48aa-ab5b-a5ce7e864fbe

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She has quite a history too

 

Arrested 08/14/2013 at age of 25

 

#1 POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE
BOND: $2500

 

#2 POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE

 

#3 POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA

 

#4 POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA

 

#5 THEFT BY RECEIVING

 

#6 FURNISHING PROHIBITED ARTICLES (F) {UCR:

 

#7 DRIVING LEFT OF CENTER (M) {UCR: }

 

#8 RULE 8.1 HEARING

 

#9 POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA

 

https://arkansas.arrests.org/Arrests/Feldstein_Maxine_13490249/

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You gotta admit that her plan showed initiative. She may be a criminal but the plan worked.  

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Just now, Xenon said:

You gotta admit that her plan showed initiative. She may be a criminal but the plan worked.  

It makes me think of the guy the other day that got done for going in to a KFC each week and asking for a bucket of fried chicken because he was from "corporate" and was there to gauge the quality of the food. If you can pull something like that off, whether it be a one time thing (like this) or a long con (like he did) you deserve a bit of recognition for being able to pull the wool over your mark's eyes.

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Feldstein, who had only just bonded out of jail earlier that day

Ballsy. If that guy cheats on her while he's out and she's in jail, kinda hope she cuts something off when she gets out.

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15 years jail is just way over the top. No one injured, no money involved.. Even a 1 year would be exorbitant.

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Impersonating police with her rap sheet? Not surprised. They don't take that well.

 

I'm a little confused about the boyfriend's sentence. Time served and 5 years probation for conspiracy and escaping prison? How much time did he have left on his sentence?

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 Although her choices are obviously poor,  if she can pull this off, its seems a women like this can be extremely successful in the corporate world.  I hope when she gets out she applies her talent in different ways. 

10 minutes ago, spUrr said:

15 years jail is just way over the top. No one injured, no money involved.. Even a 1 year would be exorbitant.

its based on her rap sheet too. The longer the rap sheet, the more lengthier any conviction gets.

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Anyone who can release someone by just pretending to be a sheriff should be given a total absolution. It takes balls to do that and good acting skills to succeed (providing the people who released her boyfriend were not total morons).

 

BTW she's a cuty 🤩

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On 5/17/2019 at 12:04 AM, spUrr said:

15 years jail is just way over the top. No one injured, no money involved.. Even a 1 year would be exorbitant.

Americans do like to apply disproportionate sentences to crimes.

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5 hours ago, FloatingFatMan said:

Americans do like to apply disproportionate sentences to crimes.

It’s multiple crimes. They are also very hard on impersonating law enforcement. Plus they like to throw the book at you if you have a history of breaking the law. If this was a first time offender she wouldn’t have seen that kind of sentence or anything close to it. 

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1 minute ago, adrynalyne said:

It’s multiple crimes. They are also very hard on impersonating law enforcement. Plus they like to throw the book at you if you have a history of breaking the law. If this was a first time offender she wouldn’t have seen that kind of sentence or anything close to it. 

And yet, judging by your massive prison population and rampant violent crime INSIDE said prisons, I don't think it's working very well, is it?

 

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1 hour ago, FloatingFatMan said:

And yet, judging by your massive prison population and rampant violent crime INSIDE said prisons, I don't think it's working very well, is it?

 

Don’t throw that crap at me. I’m just telling you why it happened. 

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