By Julia Laude | WCJB ABC
OCALA, Fla. (WCJB) – The search is over for Marion County Sheriff’s deputies.
A shocking turn of events has landed the victim of an alleged kidnapping rape case in jail.
Back in March, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office was looking for what they believed to be a rapist who kidnapped, drugged and raped a woman and then dumped her body a few hours later.
Now four months later, it turns out, it was all a lie.
That woman is 52-year-old Alma Duran, and the reason for her false claim was her hopes of gaining U.S. citizenship.
She is in the country illegally and wanted to find a loophole in the process known as ‘U-Visa’, to obtain citizenship papers due to being a victim of a violent crime.
“It’s a lot of late nights, a lot of time away from their families trying to investigate this because it’s a concern, and for good reason, we have our own families here in this community so if somebody is running around kidnapping people, drugging them, raping them, we need to find that person and quick,” MCSO Public Relations Director, Sgt. Paul Bloom said.
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