‘Brick Lady’ charged with making false claims ‘vacationing in Jamaica’
A United States (US) woman, who claimed that a man assaulted her with a brick outside a Houston club, and was later charged with felony theft by deception after she raised more than US$40,000 through GoFundMe, is said to be vacationing in Jamaica.
Despite Roda Osman, 33, being charged she was not arrested as according to US officials, her whereabouts are currently unknown to authorities.
In a post to social media, Osman is seen in a room wearing a bikini. She said she’s taking back her life “brick by brick. Pun intended.”
Popularly known as “Brick Lady”, Osman went on to say that after the incident in which she claimed that she was struck with a brick by a man, she was “afraid to go to the mailbox.”
According to NBC News, in September, Osman posted on social media following an alleged altercation in front of a club, saying that she was assaulted by a man who hit her with a brick after she turned down his advances. The post, which did not include footage of the alleged assault, went viral, launching debates online about whether her story was to be believed.
Charging documents revealed that the Harris County District Attorney’s Office police responded to the incident in September.
“Osman said she was hit in the face with a brick by an unknown man because she would not share her phone number with him. Osman also said that she got into a car that she thought was an Uber, and that the driver tried to kidnap her, the report stated. According to the document, she said the driver tried to hit her,” an NBC report read.
“Weeks later, the detective who wrote an affidavit for the district attorney’s office reviewed local surveillance footage of the moments leading up to the incident. In the video, Osman was spotted with a friend, and the man she later identified as the person who hit her. They got into a car together and then exited the car. The detective said the footage showed Osman slapping the man, and then he hit her back, with a water bottle in his hand,” it added.
The report went on to quote Keith Houston, from the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, who said, “We think that’s what left the mark on her face.”
Her GoFundMe account has since been deactivated.
“GoFundMe has zero-tolerance for the misuse of our platform and cooperates with law enforcement investigations of those accused of wrongdoing,” a spokesperson for GoFundMe said in a statement to NBC News. “The fundraiser has been removed from the platform, all donors have been refunded, and Roda Osman has been banned from using the platform for any future fundraisers.”