A Sparta woman who claimed she had been the victim of theft when she had actually spent the money on illegal drugs has avoided jail on perjury charges.
The woman, Donna Brewington, 50, entered a guilty plea before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke on the charge of perjury and was granted an 11-month, 29-day judicial diversion and must pay $262. The diversion means she can have her criminal record erased once she completes her time on probation.
Brewington was charged after she contacted police and lied about how she lost $180.
“She said she was in the vehicle with a man and a woman and that the man had taken $180 from her purse,” said McMinnville police investigator Tony Jenkins.
After being told the story, Jenkins suspected something was amiss so he obtained the woman’s phone records. It was then her message and call history revealed she had parted with her money in a way different than what she claimed. She had been duped in a dope deal gone bad.
“The records showed she had given $180 to the man to buy drugs and he left and never returned,” Jenkins said.