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The Crime of False Report of a Crime

Elizabeth Buckley of Westbury was arrested by Nassau County police and charged with false report of a crime. Buckley is accused of calling police and falsely reporting a crime on four different occasions.

According to the New York Post, the 43-year-old woman is alleged to have called police on June 8, July 12, July 18 and July 25 to falsely report crimes occurring at Nawtons Bar and Grill in Westbury. Buckley reported crimes at the bar including a homicide, assaults, kidnappings, and sexual assaults. It’s unclear what gripe Buckley had with the bar.

In New York, there are three separate offenses for a false report of a crime. Generally, if you knowingly convey false information about a crime to a public official, you will be charged with the crime in the third degree. This is a class A misdemeanor and you can go to jail for a year.

If you falsely report a crime involving a fire, explosion, or release of hazardous substance, you can be charged with the crime in the second degree. This is a class E felony and you can go to jail for four years.

Finally, if you falsely report a crime and someone dies as a result of the false report (e.g.; fire truck crashes into a car while responding to the false report killing the car's passenger), you can be charged with the crime in the first degree. This is a class D felony charge and you could go to prison for seven years.

Elizabeth Buckley likely faces a misdemeanor charge for the false report of a crime. She could go to jail for a year for her apparent conflict with Nawtons Bar and Grill.

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