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A man in the US has been arrested after he was accused of faking his own kidnapping to 'get off work'.
Coolidge Police, in Arizona, found Brandon Soules with his hands bound and a bandana stuffed in his mouth on 10 February.
The 19-year-old told officers he had been kidnapped by two masked men who had knocked him unconscious.
Following an investigation, officers found evidence that his story was fabricated.
Soules was arrested on Wednesday (17 February) for false reporting and admitted he had made up the story as an excuse to get out of work.
In a statement, Coolidge Police said: "Coolidge Police officers responded that evening at 5.25pm to the area of 1st Street and Northern Avenue in Coolidge in reference to a male subject whose hands were bound behind his back with a belt and had a bandana stuffed in his mouth.
"Initially, the subject reported to officers that two masked men kidnapped him, hit his head (knocking him unconscious) and drove him around in a vehicle before they left him in the area he was found.
"An extensive investigation was conducted by Coolidge detectives and evidence was discovered showing his story was fabricated and no kidnapping or assault occurred.
"Brandon Soules, 19 years of age, was arrested on February 17, 2021 for False Reporting and admitted during an interview that he made up the story as an excuse to get out of work."
Last month, police in the UK charged a man accused of administering a fake Covid-19 vaccine to a 92-year-old woman.
David Chambers is accused of jabbing the woman in Surbiton, London, on Wednesday 30 December - before charging her £160 and returning on 4 January to try and get a further £100 from her.
The 33-year-old has been charged with two counts of fraud by false representation, assault by beating, and two breaches of Covid-19 restrictions on movement.
The victim told cops she was given an injection with a 'dart like implement' and was then asked to hand over £160, which the fraudster told her would later be refunded by the NHS.
City of London Police said it was not known what the woman was actually injected with.
However, she was checked over at hospital and showed no ill effects from whatever it was.
Chambers pleaded not guilty to the charges on 12 February.
Judge Judith Coello subsequently set a trial date for 9 August.
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