Bay County Jail
Maria Coder
August 21, 2015 12:50 PM

A Florida woman is accused of making up a lie about being kidnapped so she wouldn’t have go back to work.

Police say Beverly F. Brooks, 43, came up with the fake excuse to cut out of her night shift as a nursing assistant at a hospital in Panama City, Florida.

A concerned co-worker called Brooks around 2:30 a.m. on Monday to see if she was okay or needed a ride back when she didn’t return from her break. “Brooks told her she was being held against her will by her boyfriend,” said a press release by the Panama City Police Department. The boyfriend could be heard in the background telling her not to get out of the car, police said.

Two detectives and five different law enforcement agencies spent several hours looking for Brooks. When they found her, she was hanging out with her boyfriend, James Vincent Hill Fennell Jr., 35, on Avenue A in Port St. Joe, Florida.

Both were later charged with false report of commission of a crime and booked into the county jail.

By Friday, Brooks was out on a pre-trial conditional release bond, an employee with the Bay County Jail told PEOPLE. Fennell, however, remains in jail. He has one previous felony charge against him and his bond is set at $20,000, the employee said.

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