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Riverside Police Department gets paid back for false report

Published: Monday, March 10, 2014 3:56 p.m. CDT

RIVERSIDE – As of March 7, the Riverside Police Department received its final reimbursement check from a former resident.

Mary Malik, 49, was ordered to reimburse the police department for $1,800 after she was found guilty of a felony for filing a false police report. The reimbursement was to cover the officers' overtime as a result of her complaint.

In 2011, Malik reported she had been sexually assaulted in an alley behind the apartments on Forest Avenue. Malik claimed she was followed home from the train depot at Longcommon crossing and when she arrived at the rear of her apartment, a man had sexually assaulted her in the dark alley.

After her report, the police added extra patrols to the night shift, reassigned officers from patrol to investigations, increased patrols in and around Longcommon crossing and also requested assisting patrols from the Burlington Northern Railroad Police.

During their investigation of the alleged sexual assualt, police said they discovered numerous holes in her story. Malik later admitted that she had fabricated the report and told police she had made up the report after her daughter moved out of their shared apartment in Riverside to convince her the neighborhood was unsafe.

Malik's reimbursement was just 81 percent of the $2,200 spent by the Riverside Police Department.

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