At the time, Hudson allegedly told investigators that items stolen from her house included presents she had purchased recently for her kids, who were now left without gifts for Christmas, according to WEAR-TV.
On Nov. 20, Hudson spoke with WBBH and said she believed someone broke into her home through a window.
“Eight fishing poles, they took some clothes, ’cause I bought clothes for my five kids,” Hudson said. “I wanted my kids to have a pretty much decent Christmas. But now they ain’t going to have Christmas at all, some thief came and stole our s***.”
Hudson then told the alleged thief to “turn yourself in and bring us back our stuff so me and my kids can have a good Christmas,” WBBH reported.
Hudson was surprised later on by detectives, who gave her gifts donated by the American Legion and Lee County Sheriff’s Office Shop with a Cop Fund, WTVT reported.
However, an anonymous tip led investigators to believe Hudson was not burglarized and she had lied about the theft, officials said.
Investigators searched the home of one of Hudson’s relatives and discovered all of the alleged stolen items, including televisions hidden under bed sheets and fishing poles covered by clothes, court documents state.
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Marceno said, “This pathetic behavior is unacceptable, especially given the circumstances this holiday season. This woman took advantage of the system and is now paying the price for her selfish choices.”
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