Woman charged for making up story about Christmas break in: Global Okanagan

Jackie Hooper, right, following an outpouring of goodwill just prior to Christmas last year. Hooper is accused of falsely reporting the break, enter and theft of the family's Christmas presents last year.

PENTICTON - A woman whose story of a lost Christmas captured people’s charity and goodwill last Christmas faces a day in court after being accused of falsely reporting the crime.

Global News reported yesterday police received a tip shortly after the Dec. 22, 2014 break-in report that led them to believe Jackie Ann Hooper may have lied about having her home broken into and the family’s presents stolen.

Court documents confirm Hooper is scheduled to make a court appearance on May 27 for falsely reporting an offence.

Hooper is a single mother with a teenage son suffering from a spinal birth defect. When the story broke last Christmas of her house being burglarized while she and her son were shopping, residents and local businesses came to the rescue with donations, gifts, and food.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Steve Arstad at sarstad@infonews.ca or call 250-488-3065. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.


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