An upstate New York man staged his own abduction and robbery to get out of paying $50,000 for a Super Bowl bet.
Robert Brandel was found by police in Newfane on February 27th, 2019. He was tied up in the backseat of his blue Ford F-150 truck in a Tops supermarket parking lot, NYup.com reported. The 60-year-old had a rope tied around his neck while the other end was looped around the headrest. He was bound at the hands and ankles with duct tape.
Brandel told state troopers that he picked up two men in his truck on February 25th. They then flashed a gun and robbed him of $16,000 in cash that he’d won from the Super Bowl pool. He claimed the men, who also participated in the pool, forced him against his will to drive around Western New York for two days and then tied him up and left him in the parking lot. Cops soon caught on to Brandel’s fib and he was charged with felony fraud and falsely reporting an incident.
The man reportedly tried to earn big bucks on game day and made up names in the squares of the pool he was running. When his numbers failed to hit, he couldn’t come caught up most of the $50,000 he promised. He’s due in court in March.
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