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Man faked own kidnapping to avoid paying $50,000 Super Bowl bet, police say

Posted at 7:55 AM, Mar 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-01 09:55:45-05
Robert Brandel told officers two men tied him up and were driving around with him in the back of his truck for days. NEW YORK STATE POLICE

A man faked his own abduction and robbery because he couldn’t pay the $50,000 he owed in a Super Bowl pool, New York State Police said.

The Associated Press reports 60-year-old of Robert Brandel of North Tonawanda, New York, was found tied up in his pickup truck Monday.

State troopers discovered the truck in a parking lot about 30 miles north of Buffalo. Brandel told them that two men involved in his “Super Bowl squares” pool robbed him of $16,000. He said the men drove him around for two whole days and then left him tied up in his truck.

Investigators later determined Brandel entered some fake names in his $50,000 squares pool for the Super Bowl. His hope was to take home most of the winnings, police said. Instead, Brandel ended up short and owed a huge chunk of money.

It seems Brandel dug himself into an even deeper whole by concocting the scheme to fake his won kidnapping. Not only does he owe $50,000 to his Super Bowl pool, but he is now charged with fraud and falsely reporting an incident. It couldn’t be determined if he has a lawyer to comment, the AP reports.