A Florida woman who was arrested late last month for filing 28 fraudulent reports of child abuse against two households is currently still in custody, according to Florida public records. Jessica Elizabeth Combs was arrested by Bonifay police officers and charged with 28 counts of “False Report(s) of Child Abuse,” which are third-degree felonies, according to the Jackson County Floridian. Combee told the Bonifay police that she made the fraudulent claims “to create havoc.”
Combee, 38, began making fraudulent claims of child abuse against two specific households in August. Bonifay Police Chief Chris Wells told the press that on some days, each household would get multiple abuse reports filed against them through the Florida Abuse Registry. The police began looking into the false reports in October, after no child abuse or neglect was found in either home. Though tips can be anonymous, given the suspicion of fraudulent reports, the Florida Department of Children and Families provided details that led to investigators acquiring subpoenas for records from internet providers. Investigators were then able to determine that the false child abuse reports had all been filed by Combee, according to the Chipley Paper.
“This is just one example of how people use the ‘system’ to carry out their agenda against whomever they felt has done them wrong,” Chief Wells explained. “The time and effort spent by law enforcement and DCF investigating these false reports could have been better used helping others who were really in need. I hope that this case will get the attention of others who might think twice before reporting something they know to be untruthful.”
Combee was held in the Holmes County Jail on $28,000 bond. Combee apparently has a history of arrests, including a battery charge from 2002 and a probation violation in 2011, according to arrest records. Combee was booked into Florida jail cells on multiple other drug-related charges in the last two decades, according to arrest records. In 2007, Combee was apparently charged with a separate offense of filing a false report. Combee is currently in the custody of the Washington County Jail.
Some may remember another woman who made numerous false reports from a previous Inquisitr report. A British woman allegedly fraudulently accused men of rape 11 separate times. Her alleged habit of compulsively making false claims landed her in jail, after the last allegation was made against a man who officials said she simply “did not like anymore.”
What do you think is a fitting punishment for Combee, after she allegedly filed 28 fraudulent reports of child abuse against members of two households?