Rebecca Nielson Utah wife arrested on charges of filing false report after faking her own murder in a bid to catch her cheating husband.
A Utah woman faces charges after she tried to catch her husband cheating by faking her own murder, authorities said.
Rebecca Spring Nielson, 44, of Bluffdale, was arrested Tuesday after she stole her husband’s phone whereby she sent concerning texts to his supposed mistress, KUTV reported.
In a series of messages, Nielson posed as her husband, Shaun Dudley, claiming that he had shot his wife and she was dead.
The other woman, who wasn’t identified, called 911 to report the murder. She told police that she responded to the messages by asking whether to call an ambulance and received a message that said ‘yes.’
When emergency responders arrived to the couple’s home- instead of finding the woman deceased- instead found Nielson alive. Her husband told police that he got into an argument with his wife around 10 p.m. Monday about him talking to the woman.
He claimed she took his phone and left the house. Nielson also took her spouse’s laptop and threw it on the ground, smashing the screen, authorities said.
During a police interview, Nielson admitted to taking her husband’s phone and pretending she was killed to see how the woman would react. She said she wanted to see if the woman was willing to be an accomplice in the crime.
Police arrested Nielson around 2 a.m. Tuesday on suspicion of criminal mischief and falsely reporting an emergency. She was booked into the Utah County Jail.