Grown Man Faked His Own Kidnapping To Get Money From Parents

There comes a time in your life when an adult just has to stop mooching off their parents for money. One man was well past that time, and he knew it. Instead of directly asking his parents for cash, he pulled an elaborate stunt that involved faking his own kidnapping. The man demanded a ransom for his return.

Andrew Lichtenberg, a 30-year-old man from Beatrice, Nebraska, was arrested for a kidnapping. He didn't kidnap someone else, though; he faked his own abduction in order to con his own parents out of money.

Lichtenberg's parents got the phone call from a disguised voice. The voice told the parents that they have Andrew and they would kill him if they didn't get ready to deliver $5,000 in five minutes.

The parents were smart enough to call the police. Police traced the number of the 'kidnapper' and discovered the phone being used was Lichtenberg's girlfriend. They were able to detect the man's location, and the calls appeared to be coming from his home.

Police arrived and could see Lichtenberg through a window in his home. He was holding two cell phones, and what looked like a silver handgun. He pointed a handgun at one of the phones.

Officers approached the home and knocked on the door. Lichtenberg refused to let them in and tried to block their access. Officers forced their way inside.

Lichtenberg continued to resist authorities when they demanded he take his hands out of his pockets. The cops ended up arresting him, though he resisted arrest.

Police called the number from which the ransom demands had been made. A phone inside Lichtenberg's house started ringing. Officers discovered the phone, as well as a microphone rigged up.

In searching the premises police also found the gun, which turned out to be a CO2 powered BB gun, marijuana and a pipe.

The suspect was ultimately charged with attempted extortion, obstructing government operations, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He's being held on a $5,000 bond. He’s been scheduled for a hearing on November 14.

No word yet from his parents, or what they think of their son’s money-making scam.

Lichtenberg isn't the first person to fake his own kidnapping in a desperate attempt to make money. Just last month in the U.K., former Playboy model Angelica Harte and an accomplice tried to extort money out of her friend by sending a series of bizarre Facebook messages.

The messages said Harte had been kidnapped and even said one of her fingers had been cut off, and demanded the friend pay more than $6,500 to get Harte back. The price increased to $10,000 as the threats went on. Later, once she was caught, Harte claimed it was just a joke.

With technology these days, it's all too easy for family, friends and police to track down someone using cell phones or social media. These con artists don’t seem to think through their plans very well.

Source: Daily Sun, New York Post
Photo: KWBE, YouTube

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