Lee Co. woman goes to prison for lying in federal court

Updated: Jul. 27, 2017 at 8:33 AM EDT
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A shoplifting case on the Marine Base transformed into a federal perjury charge, and a Lee County woman is headed to prison as a result.

Angel Thacker Freundschuh, 37, of Lee County, was sentenced to 12 months and a day in prison for perjury, by U. S. District Court Judge Leslie J. Abrams in Albany, Wednesday.

In December of 2015, officers responded to a shoplifting call at the Marine Corps Exchange, where Freundschuh was found in possession of a silver ring, a bottle of perfume, a blouse, and a scarf belonging to the base exchange valued at $121.

She was charged with Theft by Shoplifting and appeared before federal Magistrate Thomas Q. Langstaff, for trial a year later.

Freundschuh testified in her own defense, and falsely told the court that base exchange officials had returned these items of merchandise to her after she produced a receipt for them.

She showed an altered receipt, empty perfume box and blouse, all of which she swore to the Court were, the same items which she was accused of stealing, but which had later been returned to her.

But base exchange managers had the actual items taken by Freundschuh. Based on this false testimony, Freundschuh was charged with perjury.

She received 120 days to serve on the shoplifting conviction.  She also pled guilty to the perjury charge and received an additional sentence of one year and one day, to be followed by two years supervised release.

She was also ordered to pay a $100 mandatory assessment fee payment.

"This conviction is a perfect example of turning a misdemeanor into a felony by lying to the Court," said United States Attorney Pete Peterman. "Ms. Freundschuh's original shoplifting charge was a misdemeanor, but by her false testimony, she is now a convicted felon, with a much longer prison sentence as well as the attendant loss of rights and privileges that a felony conviction entails."

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