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False police report exposed by a fitness watch

False police report exposed by a fitness watch
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We've been seeing more and more criminal cases lately involving new tech. There have been stories of how emojis, a Netflix binge, and Facebook posts can all lead to an arrest. There's even the story of how four hostages were rescued via the Pizza Hut app.

But it doesn't stop there. In fact, that's just the tip of the iceberg. Police and detectives can now use the data on your fitness tracker to help prove or disprove a case. That's exactly what's going on with a woman from Florida.

Jeannine M. Risley was in Pennsylvania for work and staying at her boss' guest house. That's when she reported to authorities that an unknown man broke into the house, attacked her in the bathroom, held her at knifepoint and raped her.

However, police noticed a few suspicious things about her story. The incident happened in March when snow was on the ground. However, police found no footprints in the snow and didn't see any signs on the interior of the house.

During their investigation, police were told that her fitness tracker was lost in the struggle. However, the band was found unharmed just a few feet away from the bathroom, where the attack allegedly took place.

Once they found the tracker, authorities gathered its data that disproved her story. The tracker showed that she was awake and pacing all night, not originally sleeping, as she stated before.

What could have been her motive? It turns out her boss told authorities that during the same week, the woman "would no longer be a temporary director with the company."

According to police, she has since been charged with "false reports to law enforcement, false alarms to public safety, and tampering with evidence for allegedly overturning furniture and placing a knife to make it appear she had been raped by an intruder."

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