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SANTA ANA, Calif.  — Twin brothers who have won millions of followers by posting prank videos on social media have been charged for faking bank robberies in Southern California and could go to prison if convicted, authorities said Wednesday.

Alan and Alex Stokes, 23, of Irvine were charged with false imprisonment effected by violence, menace, fraud or deceit, according to a statement from the Orange County district attorney’s office.

They also were charged with a misdemeanor count of falsely reporting an emergency.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether the pair had an attorney to speak on their behalf.

The twins, wearing black clothing and ski masks and carrying duffle bags full of cash, shot a video last October in which they pretended to have robbed a bank, prosecutors said.

“They ordered an Uber and when they got in the vehicle the Uber driver, who was unaware of the prank, refused to drive them,” according to the press statement. “A bystander witnessed this, believing the two men had just robbed a bank and were attempting to carjack the Uber driver.”

Arriving Irvine police held the driver at gunpoint until it was determined he wasn’t involved and the incident was a hoax. The brothers were warned but not arrested and they staged a similar scenario four hours later at the University of California, Irvine, prosecutors said.

“These were not pranks,” county District Attorney Todd Spitzer said in the statement. “These are crimes that could have resulted in someone getting seriously injured or even killed.”

He called the videos “some kind of twisted attempt to gain more popularity on the internet by unnecessarily putting members of the public and police officers in danger.”

If convicted, the twins, who have nearly 5 million YouTube followers, could face up to four years each in prison.

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Driver Dies After Being Ejected From Car on Maryland Beltway

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Maryland woman died early Sunday after it appears a car struck her disabled vehicle along Baltimore’s beltway, ejecting her before she was struck by oncoming traffic, police said.

Danielle Tavakoly, 35, of Owings Mills, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a Maryland State Police news release.

Tavakoly was driving a Hyundai sedan about 1 a.m. on Interstate 695 when her car struck a concrete median and became disabled on the shoulder, police said. Crash investigators believe moments later a Honda sedan struck the rear driver’s side of the Hyundai, which rotated the vehicle and ejected Tavakoly. She was subsequently struck by traffic.

Police were still investigating Sunday. The Honda's driver wasn’t injured, according to police.

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