And to those that I am close to. I also have told others in order to change minds. Those I don't tell, I don't lie to, I just omit information that is not their concern.
That being said, I have lied in the past and feel most here have. You were sloppy. My advice, give your friends a heads up that you need them to cover, and never involve others again. If I was your friend I would cover for you but I would give you the riot act.