Woman told she faces a year in prison for not returning rented videotape in 1999

A US woman discovered she was wanted by police after failing to return a video tape two decades ago – and could even go to prison for it.

Caron McBride got married, but when she tried to change the name on her Texas driver's licence learnt she could face a year in jail or a maximum fine of $1,000.

She found out she was a wanted woman in her previous state Oklahoma for failing to return the “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” VHS tape more than two decades ago.

McBride said on the local Norman, Oklahoma Fox station: “I went to change my driver’s licence, during this Covid thing you had to make an appointment, and so, I sent them an email (and) they sent me an email and they told me that I had an issue in Oklahoma and this was the reference number for me to call this number and I did.”

She says she was “bowled over” after finding out she was wanted for a felony.

According to the New York Post she told Fox: “The first thing (the woman answering the phone at the Cleveland County District Attorney’s Office) told me was (I was wanted for) felony embezzlement, so, I thought I was gonna have a heart attack.”

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Online documents showed Caron McBride is a “wanted woman” for never returning a rental VHS tape of “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” in 1999.

“She told me it was over the VHS tape and I had to make her repeat it because I thought, this is insane. This girl is kidding me, right? She wasn’t kidding,” McBride said.

McBride told FOX 25 she didn't even remember ever renting the movie.

But she now faces a year in prison or a $1000 fine according to OK state laws.

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She said: “I had lived with a young man, this was over 20 years ago. He had two kids, daughters that were 8, 10 or 11 years old, and I’m thinking he went and got it and didn’t take it back or something.

“I have never watched that show in my entire life, just not my cup of tea, “Meanwhile, I’m a wanted felon for a VHS tape.”

The VHS tape was rented at ‘Movie Place’ in Norman, which is no longer open.

Ed Blau with Blau Law Firm told FOX 25 “there’s technically no victim in the case because of the business closure, Cleveland County could still prosecute the case because charges and a warrant was filed against McBride.”

But McBride has claimed she is innocent and can't recall renting the movie.

She said: “I mean, I didn’t try to deceive anyone over Samantha (Sabrina) the Teenage Witch. I swear.”

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