ELK GROVE (CBS13) – Megan “Monster” Hawkins, a woman whose life inside Sacramento County Jail was chronicled in a Netflix show “Jailbirds,” is behind bars again.
Hawkins’ was an inmate on the show. Her new-found notoriety got her immediately recognized after an incident in Elk Grove on Friday.
Elk Grove police say a bank along the 9100 block of Bruceville Road reported that a woman had tried to open a checking and savings account with someone else’s ID. Someone at the bank recognized the woman as “Monster” from Jailbirds, prompting the bank to call police.
Hawkins had left before officers arrived, but they soon found that the car she allegedly showed up in had been reported stolen. Credit cards in other people’s names were found inside the car, officers say.
Officers were able to find Hawkins a short distance away and took her into custody.
Hawkins, who is 29-years-old, is now facing several charges, including possession of a stolen vehicle, unlawful use of personal identifying information, and a probation violation.
She has been booked into Sacramento County Jail. Her bail has been set at $55,000, according to jail records.
Hawkins’ next court date is scheduled for Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.
A documentary series that serves as a non-fiction companion to the popular Netflix show “Orange Is the New Black,” “Jailbirds” follows the lives of several real inmates doing their time at Sacramento County Jail. Hawkins was serving time for grand theft auto, check fraud and drug offenses when she was chronicled on the show.
Hawkins, who finished her sentence before the show premiered, had told CBS13 that she wanted help stop people from making the same decisions she made.
“I can’t thank them enough for wanting to talk to me because it’s helped changed my life,” Hawkins said. “I want so badly to be happy again and I feel like it’s so far away.”
Another woman featured on the show, Rebecca “Baby Girl” Temme, was recently convicted of murder in the 2017 killing of a woman at the Surf Motel in North Sacramento.