Woman arrested and charged for not returning Sabrina VHS rented 21 years ago

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A woman has been charged with embezzlement for failing to return a VHS video she allegedly rented 21 years ago.

Caron McBride said she "thought she was going to have a heart attack" after being arrested over the late return of the Sabrina the Teenage Witch video.

Court documents revealed McBride is alleged to have rented the VHS cassette from Movie Place in Norman, Oklahoma in the US, in March 2000. The store closed in 2008.

"The first thing she told me was felony embezzlement, so, I thought I was gonna have a heart attack," she said.

McBride denies ever renting the video, claiming it may have been an ex-lover's children.

"I had lived with a young man, this was over 20 years ago," she added.

"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 don't know, I have never watched that show in my entire life, just not my cup of tea."

McBride only discovered her crime when she tried to change her name after recently getting married.

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"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 said. "Meanwhile, I'm a wanted felon for a VHS tape."

Ed Blau, of Blau Law Firm, told KOKH that despite there being no victim, Cleveland County can still prosecute McBride because charges were filed and a warrant was issued against her.

McBride added: "I mean, I didn't try to deceive anyone over Samantha (Sabrina) the Teenage Witch, I swear."

She added that she had lost several jobs over the last 20 years, but did not know why until now.

"This is why. Because when they ran my criminal background check, all they're seeing is those two words: felony embezzlement," McBride said.

The Oklahoma District Attorney's office said it had dismissed the case, but Blau warned it could still hamper her job prospects unless it is removed from her record.

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