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Couple pleads guilty to faking wife's disappearance in North Myrtle Beach

Amy Lynette Robinson's mugshot after she turned herself in to Charlotte authorities. (Source: Mecklenburg County Sheriff Office Jail Amy Lynette Robinson's mugshot after she turned herself in to Charlotte authorities. (Source: Mecklenburg County Sheriff Office Jail
Paul Arrington turned himself in to North Myrtle Beach authorities Thursday night. (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center) Paul Arrington turned himself in to North Myrtle Beach authorities Thursday night. (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) – A North Carolina couple has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to communicate a false distress message in faking the wife’s disappearance last summer for her to avoid criminal charges in North Carolina in a federal court in Florence, according to a news release from the U.S. District Attorney’s Office.

U.S. District Judge Bruce Howe Hendricks of Florence accepted the guilty plea from Paul David Arrington, age 46, of Lowell, North Carolina, on Wednesday, October 21. After Arrington reviews the presentence report prepared by the U.S. Probation Office, Judge Hendricks will sentence him.

Judge Hendricks accepted Amy Arrington’s guilty plea on June 17, 2015 and on October 20 he sentenced her to 30 months imprisonment and order restitution in the amount of $47,597.80.

Evidence presented at the change of plea hearings showed that the couple conspired to fake Amy’s disappearance so that she would avoid having to face charges pending against her in Mecklenberg County, North Carolina.

The couple drove from Gastonia, North Carolina to North Myrtle Beach on July 5, 2014 and as planned Amy went into the water for a small amount of time then left the beach for Florida. After, Paul falsely reported Amy was missing to a lifeguard.

Multiple agencies, including the U.S. Coast Guard, responded to search for Amy.

Eventually, law enforcement agencies discovered the fraud and Amy turned herself in to North Carolina authorities.

U.S. District Attorney Bill Nettles said the maximum penalty the couple could face for conspiracy to communicate a false distress signal would be 5 years imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine.

Agents with the Coast Guard Investigative Service, the North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety, the Horry County Fire Rescue and the Department of Natural Resources investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney A. Bradley Parham of the Florence office is prosecuting the case.

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