Jose Carlos Serna escaped from jail twice. His wife sent fake faxes from court saying release him, so they did.

Sr Serna was in a cell at Arganda del Rey courthouse awaiting trial when officers received a fax purportedly from a regional court.

It was followed by a phone call from someone claiming to be a court official, corroborating the release order.

Officers did try to verify the order, but their calls went unanswered. When they received a second call, confirming Serna's release, he was freed and put into a waiting taxi.

Both of the calls were from his wife, Gema Maria Serna, who police tracked down to a house in the northern suburb of San Lorenzo del Escorial.

Last time Serna used the trick on police he escaped from Valdermoro jail.

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