Prosecutors have charged Glenda J. Herrera, 44, Weyauwega, with felony false swearing and obstructing an officer.
She is accused of filing a false criminal complaint against her former boyfriend, Levi T. Hardnett, 46, Weyauwega.
On Jan. 9, Weyauwega Police Officer Katelyln Dexter was dispatched to a vehicle theft complaint on the 600 block of East Main Street.
She met with Herrera, who said her 1998 Oldsmobile four-door sedan had been stolen from her driveway some time between 10 p.m. Jan. 8 and 4 p.m. Jan. 9.
According to the criminal complaint, Herrera said she left the vehicle unlocked with both sets of keys inside.
Herrera told Dexter she suspected her ex-boyfriend, Hardnett, of taking the vehicle.
Hardnett was subsequently arrested and charged with the felony offense of taking a vehicle without the owner’s permission.
On Feb. 5, Dexter went to the Waupaca County Courthouse for a preliminary hearing in the case against Hardnett. While waiting for the hearing, Dexter learned Herrera wanted to recant her story. She then met with Herrerra.
Herrera repeatedly apologized and admitted she had lied to Dexter about not giving Hardnett permission to use the car, the complaint says. She said she and Hardnett had been arguing, and he took the car and left.
Among the details Herrera reportedly failed to disclose when she filed the complaint was that she and Hardnett had purchased the car together with the understanding they would share it.
Herrera told Dexter she had “caused a lot of people a lot of grief,” the complaint says.
All charges against Hardnett are now dismissed outright.
If convicted of felony false swearing, Herrera faces up to six years in prison.