The husband of a woman who police say faked her own drowning to avoid a Mecklenburg County court appearance turned himself in to authories in Myrtle Beach hours after his wife turned herself in to authorities in Charlotte.
Amy Arrington, 42, is charged with three counts of identity theft, four counts of obtaining property by false pretense, forgery of instrument and uttering a forged instrument, according to court records.
She was booked in the Mecklenburg County Jail under the name Amy Robinson and placed under a $500,000. If released, officials say she will be required to wear an electronic monitoring device and will not be allowed outside of Gaston County.
Her husband, Paul David Arrington, was wanted by North Myrtle Beach police for filing a false police report on July 5.
Sources told WBTV that he turned himself in at the North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety Building around 4 p.m. and was taken inot custody.
Arrington was reported missing by her husband. According to the police report from North Myrtle Beach, Arrington was reported missing to the lifeguard tower near Sea Mountain Highway just before 5 p.m. Saturday.
The police report states that Paul told police he was laying on the beach when Amy told him she was going into the water. He told her he would be there in a minute and watched her walk into the water about waist deep before he laid back down.
About 15 to 20 minutes later, Paul began to approach a woman on the beach who he thought was his wife. Paul then realized it was not her and reported her missing to a lifeguard, according to the report.
Paul told police that his wife was an average swimmer and had two alcoholic beverages throughout the day.
As emergency crews searched a popular beach along the Carolina coast for Arrington, a Mecklenburg County judge issued an order for her arrest.
She was scheduled to appear in court on Monday for a habitual felon trial and never showed. Arrington has charges for identity theft and forgery among other things.
On Wednesday morning, police in North Myrtle Beach said Arrington did not drown in the ocean and had faked the whole thing.
"It has been determined that she and her husband, Paul David Arrington, conspired for her to disappear to avoid having to show up in court in North Carolina to answer to charges filed against her in that state," police said.
Paul Arrington will now face charges in North Myrtle Beach for filing a false police report.
Arrington had previously stated he would release a statement Wednesday regarding the disappearance of Amy Arrington. There is no word on what would be discussed, but an attorney was set to be present at the meeting.
Prosecutors in the case against Amy Arrington said they didn't realize Arrington was missing until Monday morning and certainly didn't expect the back story. WBTV has learned that out-of-state witnesses were in court Monday morning ready to testify against Arrington.
During the five day search, investigators maintained that finding Arrington safe and sound was their number one priority.
Her attorney was expected to come back Monday afternoon to strike the order for arrest, but he never showed.
This isn't the first time Arrington has missed a court date.
Prosecutors tell WBTV her attorney provided an ER note when she failed to appear in court.
WBTV has also learned that Arrington has prior felony convictions. Her criminal record spans two decades.
In April of 1992, she was charged with credit card theft, larceny, and financial card fraud, according to public records.
In 2005, records show that she was hit with 12 different charges, including identity fraud/theft and Cheat – property/services.
According to the State of North Carolina, Arrington has served more than 3 years behind bars.
Her most recent charges of identity theft and forgery still need to be handled in the court of law.
Her disappearance over the weekend temporarily put those proceedings on hold.
Monday evening, WBTV went to the Lowell address listed on Arrington's missing persons report. The man who lives in the home said he moved in five months ago, but that police came to their door on Saturday night.
"We went to the door and it was the Lowell police. And they were asking if Amy lived here. Any time police show up at 10:30 at night, it's always nerve racking," he said.
He said he had only met Arrington twice, but that her mail and probation officer still came to his address.
"It adds a little bit of intrigue, but you definitely don't want to police showing up at your door," he said.
WBTV reached out to Arrington's attorney, as well as her husband and have yet to hear back.
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