A woman posed as a California sheriff’s deputy to bust her boyfriend out of jail.
Maxine Feldstein gave fake paperwork to the Washington County Detention Center in Arkansas and the guards thought the paperwork was real and released her boyfriend, Nicholas Lowe.
In July of 2018, Feldstein had just bonded out of jail hours earlier, when the Washington County Jail got a phone call from someone saying they were Ventura County Deputy L. Kershaw, who said she had faxed over paperwork detailing Lowe’s release.
In an email Feldstein told officials at the jail that California was “having issues with overcrowding and all low-priority extraditions have been suspended,” according to court documents.
“The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office herby(sic) rescinds the previous rendition order of inmate Nicholas Delrey Lowe from your custody and release any holds implemented by Ventura County,” it continued.
After Feldstein released her boyfriend from jail, none of the authorities at the county jail knew they had been duped until two days later when an actual Ventura County deputy called to pick up Lowe. The elusive couple was caught about a month later.
Judge Mark Lindsay sentenced Feldstein to 30 years in prison, but suspended half the sentence and was sentenced to 15 years in prison after she pleaded guilty to forgery, third-degree escape and second-degree criminal impersonation.
Lowe pleaded guilty to third-degree escape and was sentenced to one year in prison.