Jeanne Mundango Manunga was sentenced on Friday to a year in jail and three years of probation for texting threatening messages to herself, according to an OC Register
Trust me, it's not a sexy as it sounds.
The 25-year-old Santa Ana woman flamed herself because she had a plan. And she would have
gotten away with it if it weren't for her crafty victims, and that damn
cell phone salesman, too.
Manunga and her then-boyfriend stopped dating in 2008. She apparently didn't take the breakup very well. She bought a prepaid cellphone in the name of his sister-in-law, then let the texts fly, sending herself hundreds of nasty messages. With blistered thumbs, she made 19 complaints at three different police departments, all alleging that the ex and the sister-in-law were behind the texts.
The cops were apparently so pleased by Jeanne Mundango Manunga's infinitely fun-to-say name that they decided to take Manunga's claim at face value and arrest the pair. The sister-in-law was arrested a second time, and had to put up thousands of dollars in bail money, before the victims went all vigilante justice on Manunga.
The two victims talked to the cell phone salesman at the cell phone store– gasp!– who was apparently able to confirm that the phone had been bought by Manunga. They took the info to the Costa Mesa cops, who then arrested the sister-in-law a third time, since she already had another warrent out for her arrest.
Finally, detectives got all detectivey and were able to confirm that the texts were sent from locations near Manunga's work and home. All of which lead to Manunga's arrest and conviction back in May of false imprisonment by
fraud or deceit and two misdemeanor counts of making a false police
At Friday's sentencing hearing, Superior Court Judge Patrick H. Donahue also told Manunga to pay her victims $50,000 in restitution, and to stay away from them both.
Damn, thought Manunga, foiled again.