Fake Faxes Help Prisoner Escape from Jail Twice

The wife of a prisoner in Spain sent fake but official-looking faxes to the jails in which her husband was being held. Both times, he was released:

In December, he was in a cell at Arganda del Rey courthouse awaiting trial when officers got a fax purportedly from a regional court. It was followed by a phone call purportedly from a court official, corroborating the release order.

Officers tried to verify the order, but their calls went unanswered. When a second call was received confirming Serna's release, he was freed to a waiting taxi.

Police said Serna used the same trick to escape from Valdemoro jail in October.


Link | Photo by Flickr user Collin Anderson used under Creative Commons license

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curious: does anyone know if the wife would be liable for any crime? i'm excluding aiding and abetting a fugitive on the assumption that she actively aided him after he got out of prison. i want to know if she's criminally liable for sending a fax?
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