SANTA ANA, Calif. (WR) — Twin brothers who’ve received hundreds of thousands of followers by posting prank movies on social media have been charged for faking financial institution robberies in Southern California and will go to jail if convicted, authorities mentioned Wednesday.

Alan and Alex Stokes, 23, of Irvine had been charged with false imprisonment effected by violence, menace, fraud or deceit, in accordance with a press release from the Orange County district legal professional’s workplace.

In addition they had been charged with a misdemeanor depend of falsely reporting an emergency.

It wasn’t instantly clear whether or not the pair had an legal professional to talk on their behalf.

The twins, sporting black clothes and ski masks and carrying duffle baggage full of money, shot a video final October by which they pretended to have robbed a financial institution, prosecutors mentioned.

“They ordered an Uber and after they obtained within the automobile the Uber driver, who was unaware of the prank, refused to drive them,” in accordance with the press assertion. “A bystander witnessed this, believing the 2 males had simply robbed a financial institution and had been trying to carjack the Uber driver.”

Arriving Irvine police held the driving force at gunpoint till it was decided he wasn’t concerned and the incident was a hoax. The brothers had been warned however not arrested and so they staged an identical situation 4 hours later on the College of California, Irvine, prosecutors mentioned.

“These weren’t pranks,” county District Legal professional Todd Spitzer mentioned within the assertion. “These are crimes that might have resulted in somebody getting severely injured and even killed.”

He known as the movies “some form of twisted try to realize extra reputation on the web by unnecessarily placing members of the general public and cops in peril.”

If convicted, the twins, who’ve practically 5 million YouTube followers, may withstand 4 years every in jail.