As soon as they were far enough from sight, Richards was revealed as a corrupt villainess, as she helped Cortez escape from a courthouse; receiving a $3 million pay off for her cooperation. After her reveal, the evil Richards removed her cuffs, and continued serving as a willing passenger with Cortez. To avert suspicion, however, Richards was tossed out of Cortez's moving car.
At the end of the film, Richards told a tale of abduction at the hands of Cortez. However, her story is not bought by her superiors, and Richards is arrested for being in league with Cortez.