Gaynor Cooke, 41, claimed she had been subjected to a horrific ordeal in the front seat of a taxi cab in 2003 and reported the incident to police at the time. She was also swabbed for DNA evidence.
In her 18-page statement, she said the rape had made her depressed and suicidal.
But the lie was eventually exposed when police went to speak to Cooke about the case and a couple in the St Ann’s area of Nottingham told them the rape had been a lie to cover up her cheating on her husband.
She said she had made the false allegation when she realised her husband was angry when she returned home.
After the lie was exposed, the taxi driver was “completely exonerated” and instead Cooke was charged with perverting the course of justice between October 25, 2003, and January 20, 2012.
She wiped away tears as Recorder Shaun Smith QC sent her to prison for two years after she admitted the offence.