A Brandywine woman has been charged with making up an abduction story to delay a court hearing, according to authorities.

Charles County sheriff’s detectives charged Sharon Ruby Gray, 37, with filing a false statement, the sheriff’s office said. The charge is a misdemeanor, and Gray could spend six months in prison if convicted.

Officers responded to the 3500 block of Malcolm Road in Brandywine on Jan. 22 after receiving a report of a car left running on the shoulder, authorities said. They tracked the car to Gray’s family’s home, where they were told that she had left earlier in the evening and had not been seen or heard from since.

Gray’s husband called police the next day, saying she had returned home, authorities said. She told detectives she had been pulled into a van, restrained and driven around overnight, according to authorities.

After a week-long investigation, authorities said, they determined that Gray made up the story to delay a hearing scheduled for Feb. 24. Gray was accused of falsifying the will of a man, now deceased, who she had given home health-care services to, according to authorities.

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