Texas woman charged in North Central Florida for causing false amber alert

Published: Sep. 28, 2018 at 10:46 AM EDT
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After traveling to Florida with an unidentified man, Roseangel Sanchez walked into the JK Food Store in Live Oak Thursday evening looking to cash in fraudulent checks.

An employee inside of the convenience store noticed the checks were fake and called authorities immediately.

Before officials arrived, Sanchez's accomplice took off and left her at the food store.

Sanchez then took off on foot but was eventually stopped by police where her fraudulent behavior continued.

"She reported to us that her kids were taken, hopefully, that we would change our focus to being on the search for the children instead of the crime we had at hand," said Live Oak Police Chief Buddy Williams.

Her claim then sparked a nationwide amber alert for her six and seven-year-old children.

It turns out the children were never in the vehicle or in the state of Florida.

"The kids were never with her she had lied to us about her children being in the car," said Chief Williams.

Sanchez is currently in the Suwannee County Jail where she faces charges of fraud, child endangerment, and making a false report.