US woman shocked to discover felony charge for failing to return videotape

A US woman is shocked after learning she spent years as a wanted felon for not returning a VHS tape she rented in 2000.

Caron McBridge discovered she was wanted for felony embezzlement for not returning a copy of Sabrina The Teenage Witch.

She only realised the charges when she tried to change her name on her licence after getting married in Texas.

She told NBC she doesn't even remember renting the film from Movie Place in Norman, Oklahoma, which closed in 2008.

To add insult to injury, she never even watched the film.

"I had lived with a young man. This was over 20 years ago. He had two kids, daughters that were 8, 10 or 11 years old. 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."

McBridge says the discovery explains a lot about her life - namely why she has been let go from several jobs without being given a reason.

"It's because when they ran my criminal background check, all they're seeing is those two words: felony embezzlement," she says.

The district attorney's office said Wednesday it decided to dismiss the case against McBride.