Police were contacted by Erie, Pennsylvania news anchor and producer in April to report that she had been harassed. Two months later, Pennsylvania State Police say Haley Potter 24The entire story was fabricated by. The Erie News NowThe journalist faces multiple felonies, including fraud and identity theft. Potter was arrested on July 11.
According to the police report and the Affidavit Of Probable Cause, Potter filed a state police stalking complaint on April 3. Erie Times-News. She said that stalking began in February, and started with text messages. The messages began to become “sexual in nature, and of a harassing/stalking nature when the person knew about the defendant’s actions and whereabouts at all times of (the) day and night,”The affidavit says. Potter claimed that she had found a boyfriend in March. “welcome home”Noted the fact that she was being stalked and informed police that someone must have gained access her apartment complex.
She also claimed that the stalker had hacked her social networks accounts and sent her boyfriend explicit messages. In June, she was presented with flowers and an anonymous letter. “similar in nature”to the text messages. According to the affidavit, her debit card was used to book an Erie hotel suite, but it was never claimed. Potter reported fraud to the bank and was reimbursed $414.61
But, the story began unraveling earlier this month. The IP address that was used to hack Potter’s social media accounts was traced back to Potter’s phone by the State Police. Potter answered police’s questions about it. “admitted to fabricating the stalker and being the person responsible for all of the messages/phone calls and fraudulent activity,”According to the affidavit.
Potter allegedly incriminated 26-year old man and used his identity to conceal his identity. The criminal complaints name the man as a victim of Potter’s alleged scheme. “After extensive investigation by PSP Erie, it was revealed Potter had been responsible for all of the messages and stalker activity she reported having been the victim of,”The incident report was written by Trooper Ronald Godek.
Charbel G. Latouf (Potter’s lawyer) rejected the claims. “We reject the allegations wholeheartedly and intend to vigorously defend her against them,”Latouf said that Erie Times-News. Latouf declined to comment further.
Potter was arrested on July 11. Potter was charged for: “two felony counts each of forgery and criminal use of a communication facility; and misdemeanor charges of access device fraud, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, identity theft, false swearing to mislead a public servant, unsworn falsification to authorities, false reports to law enforcement implicating another person, false reports to law enforcement reporting an event that did not occur, falsifying/tampering with physical evidence and disorderly conduct.”Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 28.
Erie News NowScott MacDowell, the news director, told the Times-NewsThey were aware of the allegations against Potter, but declined further comment. Potter is a native Pennsylvanian. She joined Erie News Now As an intern in 2019, and then as a staff member by June 2020.