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Man fakes kidnap to pay off debts with family's ransom money
thinkSPAIN , Monday, September 17, 2012

A MAN who faked his own kidnap to get his family to pay ransom money in order to settle his debts has been arrested.

The accused, 30, from Lleida, identified as Albert C. Ll., hid in an apartment in Valencia and contacted his family to say he had been abducted and was in serious danger, and his family in turn contacted the Mossos d'Esquadra, Catalunya's answer to the Guardia Civil.

He continued to send emails asking them to pay a ransom because he had been physically threatened and that his captors had broken two of his fingers, saying they would break another finger for every hour they had to wait for the cash.

Officers suspected Albert may have faked the abduction in order to obtain money to pay off his debts, but put the matter in the hands of Valencia National Police (pictured) just in case he really was in danger.

He was found three days later, a week ago, walking on his own through a street in Valencia apparently unharmed.

When they arrested him, police found he was already being hunted by the authorities and was due to appear in a Valencia court.

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