NY Man FAKED His Own Kidnapping To Avoid Paying $50,000 Football Bet!
Jussie Smollett found out recently how legally complicated things can get if you try to fake being attacked and filing a false police report.
It’s because of the time and resources put into investigation a claim that turns out to be false that the police and other agencies really get upset out.
You can’t fake your death for example just because of all the potential legal ramifications involved.
As a matter of fact, when he was still alive Andy Kaufman had spoken once to a friend of his regarding the logistics of a stunt where he would fake his death and then come back a year later. He was quickly talked out of it because when he did come back he would have so many problems that he would have to deal with it wouldn’t even be funny.
Now, if you owe money in a bet you should do everything you can to pay it. What you shouldn’t do is fake having had the crap beaten out of you to avoid paying up.
Police in New York claim that a man arranged his own kidnapping as a means to avoid paying off on a $50,000 Super Bowl bet.
The New York State Police report that when North Tonawanda resident Robert Brandel was found in a parking lot north of Buffalo, he told them that he had been kidnapped by two men from his Super Bowl squares betting pool.
Brandel said they robbed him of $16,000 and left him tied up in a van for two days, CBS News reported.
Police found Brandel in Newfane, New York, on February 27 laying in the back of his truck with a rope around his neck and duct tape wrapped around his hands and ankles.
But an investigation reportedly found that Brandel put in several fake names in a Super Bowl squares game imagining that he would win and rake in the cash. Instead, he lost and owes the pool $50,000.
Instead of getting out of his betting debt, police arrested him and charged him with filing a false police report and fraud.
Brandel now faces charges of a felony charge of first-degree scheme to defraud, and a misdemeanor for falsely reporting an incident.