LORAIN — A woman was charged with filing a false police report after she claimed that a Lorain police officer stole money from her, launching a three-month investigation.
Naila Molina, 34, of Lorain was charged Feb. 20 with obstructing official business and falsification.
The charges came after a traffic stop on Pearl Avenue and East 36th Street on Nov. 17. According to police, Molina was driving her 13-year-old daughter and failed to signal a turn. Lorain police Officer Corey Middlebrooks and another officer pulled Molina over and cited her for the traffic violation, as well as driving with a suspended license, before Middlebrooks drove Molina and her daughter home, according to the report.
According to Lorain police Sgt. Buddy Sivert, Molina came to the police station the next day to file a report against Middlebrooks. Molina and her daughter both told police that Molina was handcuffed twice, that Middlebrooks called her a drug dealer and used vulgar language when talking to her, stole $183 from her car and planted drugs on the ground near her vehicle.
Molina’s accusations caused police to launch an investigation into the incident. After interviewing Molina, her daughter, Middlebrooks and the other officer on the scene, police determined that Molina had made false accusations. Additionally, footage of the traffic stop did not show Middlebrooks stealing from the car, planting drugs or calling Molina vulgar names, according to the police report.
Molina was charged for the incident after the investigation.